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Ted Cruz Is Confused by the Common Core

Texas’ Ted Cruz, a contender for the Oval Office, joins his fellow Republican candidates by getting it wrong once again on Common Core. Cruz is insistent upon repealing the Common Core State Standards at the federal level. Good luck with that, Ted, since they can’t be found anywhere in federal law or regulation:
Common Core is a federally created curriculum that the state’s “Race to the Top” grants are tied to. So if the state does not adopt the standards, it gives up the grant money. But since the federal government created this mess, there should be a way to undo it. Once again: these are state-created standards, voluntarily adopted by the states themselves. And while Race to the Top encouraged adoption of high-quality standards it did not require adoption of Common Core.

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