Joy Pullman of School Reform News validates claims opponents of Common Core have been making regarding the fishy “state-led” adjective used to describe the initiative. Common Core supporters, like the Chamber of Commerce, have held fast to the talking point that this was a state-led effort, free from any federal control or influence. To believe anything else they warned, you must be a right-wing nut job or a birther.
According to the official Common Core Standards (CCS) website, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) is the official developer and owner of the copyright for the CCS. This is the basis for their argument that CCS is “state-led.” As with many arguments in support of Common Core, the facts simply do not stack up. Pullman states the following:
“Approximately half of NGA’s tax-provided revenue comes from the feds, and the other half from membership dues states pay. In its latest financial statement showing $16.9 million in total revenue for 2011-2012, $4.9 million of that came from the feds, $5.5 from states, and another $3 million from corporate sponsors.”
Supporters of CC create the impression that the governors, as a group, endorsed this initiative. But did they vote on it? Where can an ordinary citizen find out how their governor voted?
“NGA has not released what, if any, resolution 2009’s governors voted on to authorize its subsequent Common Core work. Neither has it released the vote tally.”
Which governors and corporations are members of NGA? Clearly, one would expect the members of the group responsible for the development and governance of our educational standards to be public. Nope, they don’t have to disclose that information and aren’t required to respond to FOIAs. We have also been led to believe all governors are willing participates in NGA, but Pullman finds the opposite;
“When other outlets have asked NGA about governors who want no part in NGA, spokesmen have responded by essentially saying governors cannot choose to leave. When Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) pulled out of NGA in 2012, telling the Bangor Daily News, ““I get no value out of those meetings. They are too politically correct and everybody is lovey-dovey and no decisions are ever made,” NGA’s communications director responded by saying all governors are NGA members even if they do not pay dues.”
Yikes, sounds like the Mafia, once your in there’s no way out. Common Core Standards written with federal money, behind closed doors under the influence of unknown private corporate interests. Sounds like a lot things, but state-led isn’t one of them. Read the entire article for the whole scoop. It’s quite good.