Yesterday’s Indianapolis Star contained a great article by Russ Pulliam entitiled, How Indiana’s grass-roots activists took down the Common Core. It begins:
The Common Core academic standards looked like a mighty Goliath when opponents began their opposition last year.
Adopted by almost all the states, the standards had powerful backing in Indiana from the state Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. Supporters also included Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform. Everybody who was anybody in education was for it.
Yet, a couple of Marion County moms led a ragtag opposition at tea party gatherings. State Sen. Scott Schneider was a lonely opponent in the General Assembly, and he was in a tight re-election race against Tim DeLaney, a well-funded Democrat from a locally well-known political family.
But the scales tipped in favor of the critics in recent weeks in the House of Representatives as the General Assembly was ending its four-month session.
Be sure and read the whole article to get a further account of just how historic this victory really is. The grass-roots activists in Indiana should be proud of the work they did to get HB1427 passed. It truly is a case of David versus Goliath. Stay tuned, because we aren’t done yet!