U. S. Congress
Posted: Feb 17, 2014 10:51 AMUpdated: Feb 17, 2014 10:51 AM
Bridenstine Takes Common Core Stand
First District Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine is taking a stand against the so-called Common Core standards. Bridenstine issued a statement saying nothing in the Constitution gives the federal government a role in education. According to the congressman, there is a role for government in education, but that role is at the state and local level.
Many states, including Oklahoma, voluntarily agreed to choose one of several promised sets of standards as a condition of eligibility for federal grants, but then only the Common Core standard was approved by the federal Department of Education. Bridenstine calls the action a classic example of the federal government taking over rights and responsibilities through the lure of federal funds. He says decisions about education should be left with those who know and care most about the child -- the parents and the local school board.
Bridenstine says he is opposed to federal, centralized control of education. He has cosponsored legislation called HR 4008 to prohibit federal incentives, mandates, or control of content, standards, or assessments in education. Bridenstine is also a cosponsor of House Resolution 476 denouncing what he calls the President’s coercion of states into adopting Common Core.
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