April 28, 2014 The Honorable John A. Boehner Speaker of the House H-232, The Capitol Washington DC 20515 The Honorable Eric Cantor Majority Leader H-329, The Capitol Washington DC 20515 Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor: We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, thank you for your efforts to protect local authority in education and allow states to govern what is taught in classrooms as well as
develop ways to best equip children to succeed in today’s global economy. Because pare
nts bear the primary responsibility for the education of their children, we support empowering parents to partner with educators at the most local level possible to develop educational standards and content. Therefore, we urge you to support eliminating all existing and future funding for multi-state academic standards and assessments by the Department of Education, such as Common Core, in the Fiscal Year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. The Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Common Core standards were funded through Race to the Top grants authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5; 123 Stat. 282). Common Core was subsequently presented to states as a way to ensure uniform educational standards and make students career and college ready. The Common Core standards, funded by the federal government in the form of grants and
waivers, remove local accountability for a child’s education from the hands of parents, teachers,
and elected school officials. Local control and accountability in education is essential to ensure that students are able to succeed and that parents and educators are able to come together to work toward a common goal of giving students the best education possible. The primary responsibility
for a child’s education belongs in the hands of parents. Federal funding for these standards
“one size fits all” educational policy that does a disservice to students.
The Secretary of Education should be prohibited from using grants, waivers and other funding mechanisms to entice states to adopt multi-state academic standards both now and in the future. As parents and teachers learn more about what Common Core really is, there has been increased push back against these standards in local schools. Indiana became the first state to officially pull out of the Common Core, and many other state legislatures across the country are contemplating similar actions. As of January 2014, 19 states have seen bills or executive actions to delay, alter, or repeal Common Core and/or pull out of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College