Common Core is, quite simply, a national take over of our local schools. This misguided effort to ensure a future labor force is equipped for a competitive global economy will not produce the intended results. In fact, the intent of Common Core and the reality of it are two very different things. Now, instead of alleviating the demands of No Child Left Behind’s testing standards, Common Core will further dictate a predetermined, national curriculum. This will result in further removing parental rights in education and local control.

With this law, national bureaucrats and private corporations will have the ability to determine what will be taught in schools across the nation. And, it will further impact homeschooling.

Parents and local school boards are quite capable of developing high standards that are unique to our state, standards which uphold our values and principles and preserve our ideals. We do not need an unwarranted national one-size fits all solution for our schools.  I will fight to repeal Common Core standards, and I will work with families across our state to determine our own education standards.

Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.