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The Secret Role of the Fed
Volume 117, Program 8
9/11/2013

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If the federal government holds out the hope of extra funding to states that sign on to the Common Core standards, how much does it want to influence local education? Host Mike Farris and Will Estrada discuss the pressure to adopt the Common Core, today on Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Farris:
Though the Common Core program is touted as state-led effort, the federal government is playing a big role behind the scenes. Would you please unpack that for us, Will?

Will Estrada:
Mike, this all started in 2009 with President Obama’s stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Part of this bill created the Race to the Top program, which gave points from the federal government to states which aligned their curriculum, which adopted the Common Core, and which adopted these national databases, as well. These states which then did this would be granted extra money from the federal government, which is our tax dollars going to states which adopted the Common Core curriculum. In addition, the federal government is giving waivers to states—No Child Left Behind waivers—only to these states which have adopted the Common Core. It’s a fact that every state that has received Race to the Top funds or a No Child Left Behind waiver has adopted the Common Core or has had to prove to the Department of Education that its standards are fully aligned to the Common Core. We are seeing nothing less than the federal government pressuring states to adopt the Common Core and to change their curriculum.

Mike:One more example of the federal government trampling the Constitution and educational freedom. I’m Mike Farris.


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