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In light of the just published public opinion polls on the Common Core, a much needed explanation appears in this delightful blog by Peter Greene, who writes that the age of realism is beginning to change the conservative tune. CATO. Never swallowed the belief that national standards were needed. Fordham, which ran from state to state making the case for Common Core, now thinks they have to find a way to make an emotional pitch (sounds like advice from a PR firm). Andy Smarick is rethinking the whole idea of imposing grand plans on the nation.
Of course, the loudest complaints have come from red states, where voters are up in arms about losing local and state control. But even conservatives like Jeb Bush, Michelle Rhee, and John Kasich, governor of Ohio, are still fighting for the Common Core.As many of us have predicted, Common Core is slowly dying as 'national standards.'
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