Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Donald Trump's right — the system is rigged. Need proof? Look at Common Core
Despite the fact that their work would affect every child in America, deliberations took place behind closed doors. In fact, all the discussions and standards writing were sealed by confidentiality agreements. Parents were barred from attending CCSSO meetings on Common Core.
The education publication School Reform News tried for ten weeks to get permission to attend a CCSSO meeting on Common Core — but was denied.
"The public has a right to know the laws that are going to affect them and their families," observed Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency organization. But with Common Core, "it's a black box."
And when the Common Core standards were released, the Obama administration dangled $4 billion in front of state policymakers to push them to adopt the standards pronto.
States often signed onto Common Core without public input. Ze'ev Wurman, former senior education policy advisor in the George W. Bush administration, noted, "There was no discussion, no public debate."
And who benefits from this secret transformation of American education?