Texas refused to join the Common Core Initiative. Texas math standards were higher than CCSS anyway.
Virginia refused to join Common Core. Virginia liked their Sequences of Learning program and didn’t want to foot the bill for a big, unnecessary change.
Alaska didn’t join.
Nebraska didn’t join.
Other states came in, but halfway.
South Carolina joined but regretted it, and withdrew.
Alabama women’s groups are fighting to cut Alabama free.
Will enough Utahns see the light and push Utah to withdraw as well?
Maybe. Let’s look at what other free thinking states have done.
Dear Senator Fair
South Carolina’s educational system has at times faced challenges of equity, quality and leadership – challenges that cannot be solved by increasing our dependence on federal dollars and the mandates that come with them. Just as we should not relinquish control of education to the Federal government, neither should we cede it to the consensus of other states. Confirming my commitment to finding South Carolina solutions to South Carolina challenges, I am pleased to support your efforts to reverse the 2010 decision to adopt common core standards.
While I understand and agree with looking outside South Carolina for ideas to improve educational outcomes, I firmly believe that our government and our people should retain as much local control over programs as possible. The solution to many of South Carolina’s educational challenges will be found by sending more of our limited resources to the classroom and offering educational choices to meet the needs of South Carolina’s students. Our children deserve swift action and the passage of a clean resolution that will allow our State to reclaim control of and responsibility for educating South Carolinians.
Thank you for the important work you have done on this issue; please let me know if I may be of further assistance.
Governor Nikki Haley