Legislation that passed the General Assembly that would have prohibited the Virginia Board of Education from adopting the federal “Common Core” curriculum was recently vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Please contact your senator and delegate today and urge them to vote to overturn Governor McAuliffe’s veto of HB 1752 and SB 724!
In his veto statement, Governor McAuliffe expressed opposition to Common Core, saying “I remain opposed to adopting the Common Core State Standards.” He stated, however, that it was the jurisdiction of the Board of Education to make the determination of standards and that the Board had already voted to oppose Common Core in favor of Virginia’s current Standards of Learning, making the legislation unnecessary.
It’s good to hear the Governor express opposition to Common Core, because parents across the country are also voicing strong opposition to the federal education “standards.” A Gallup/PDK International poll found a major shift in opinion over Common Core by the general public and teachers alike: In 2013, 2/3 of those surveyed said they had not heard of Common Core. Now, 3/4 of the public have and 60% disapprove of Common Core! (U.S. News.com, “Common Core Support In Free Fall,” Aug. 20, 2014)
The problem is, of course, that educrats don’t usually listen to parents, and far too many of them are willing to sell out the future of our children for the federal dollars attached to Common Core. Plus, the membership of the Board of Education changes, meaning its position on Common Core could change. Virginia should have a clear public policy statement – in the law – that it opposes Common Core. That’s what HB 1752 and SB 724 do, and lawmakers should vote to make that statement.