So Long, Suckers: Common Core Backlash Claims New Political CasualtiesPosted: May 9, 2014
Michelle Malkin writes: All politics is local. So Republican politicians with national ambitions better pay attention to what grassroots parents are saying and doing about the federal education racket known as Common Core. In bellwether Indiana this week, anti-Common Core activists won a pair of pivotal electoral victories against GOP Gov. Mike Pence.
Pence’s attempt to mollify critics by rebranding and repackaging shoddy Common Core standards is fooling no one.
Tuesday’s Republican primary elections in the Hoosier state resulted in the landslide defeat of two establishment incumbents running for statewide re-election. Pence had endorsed GOP State Rep. Kathy Heuer over challenger Christopher Judy. Pence’s Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann had endorsed GOP State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki over challenger Curt Nisly. The incumbents enjoyed the support of the Common Core-promoting U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
These same Big Business elites backed Pence’s ploy to stave off grassroots parental opposition by “withdrawing” from Common Core — and then immediately adopting “new” standards that recycle the same old rotten ones. (See my April 30 column, “Big Government GOP’s Common Core Rebrand Hustle.”) As Hoosier mom Erin Tuttle put it, Pence’s stunt “gave the appearance of voiding the Common Core, while the Indiana Department of Education and the Center for Education and Career Innovation walked it through the backdoor.”
Challengers Judy and Nisly made their opponents’ refusal to help end Common Core in the state a central issue. Hoosiers Against Common Core, led by moms Tuttle and Heather Crossin, endorsed the dark-horse challengers. With little money and scant press attention, they beat Pence’s machine by astonishingly wide margins: Judy ousted Heuer 57-43; Nisly defeated Kubacki 65-35.
Well before the horrors of Common Core had penetrated cable TV and late-night comedy shows, Indiana parents led the lonely charge. They were at the vanguard of challenging the constitutionality, costs, substandard academic quality, privacy invasions and special interest lobbyists fueling Fed Ed. In 2012, Hoosiers Against Common Core spearheaded the stunning ouster of Tony Bennett — the Indiana GOP’s scandal-plagued former state education secretary…(read more)
- Anti-Common Core Candidates Trounce Indiana Incumbents In Primaries (educationviews.org)
- Anti-Common Core Candidates Trounce Indiana Incumbents In Primaries (grumpyelder.com)
- Lesson From Indiana: Supporting Common Core May Be Bad For Your Political Career (ijreview.com)
- Grassroots Common Core Opponents Win in Indiana House Primaries (breitbart.com)
- Good riddance: Common Core backlash claims new political casualties (michellemalkin.com)
- Pence’s Common Core Miscalculation (nationalreview.com)
- Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core (michellemalkin.com)
- Everybody’s losing the Common Core battle in Indiana (dailycaller.com)
- Is this week the beginning of the end for Common Core? (dailycaller.com)
- Indiana’s New Standards: Better than the Old Ones, Better than the Common Core (nationalreview.com)