Senator Seeks to Defund Bill Gates' Common Core Initiative

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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking his colleagues to eliminate U.S. Department of Education funding used to develop or implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative…

“We ask that the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill include language to restore state decision-making and accountability with respect to state academic content standards,” Grassley began.

The Common Core is a set of standards for K-12 education that has been adopted by most states. It has been advertised as a “state-led” intitiative, but that is far from true. The Common Core was developed by the National Governor’s Association, a private organization, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. States were encouraged to adopt the standards through Race to the Top education funds. States that competed for the Race to the Top funds had to agree to adopt the standards even before they knew what the standards would be.

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