List of State and National Republican Organizations Opposing Common Core

January 25, 2014

Here is a list of state and national Republican affiliated organizations that have passed resolutions or otherwise opposed Common Core (a similar list was distributed  at the Republican Party of Florida annual meeting that took place on January 10th and 11th):

Republican National Committee (unanimous)
National Federation of Republican Women (unanimous)
State Federations of Republican Women
  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Nebraska
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • Arkansas
  • North Carolina
State Republican Parties:
  • Alabama
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
U.S. House Republican Caucus Votes on Anti-Common Core Language in HR 5 (Student Success Act):
All Florida Republican members, except one who did not vote, supported a Sense of Congress amendment on states' rights being violated due to Common Core. All Republicans except 4 from the entire caucus supported this amendment.  221 of 234 House Republicans voted for the entire bill that contained multiple sections of anti-Common Core language.

Florida County Republican Executive Committees (This list may not be all inclusive.  We will update it as more information becomes available):
  1. Alachua
  2. Brevard
  3. Broward
  4. Charlotte
  5. Citrus
  6. Collier
  7. Duval
  8. Indian River
  9. Lake
  10. Lee
  11. Marion
  12. Martin
  13. Miami Dade
  14. Okeechobee
  15. Okaloosa
  16. Orange
  17. Osceola
  18. Palm Beach
  19. Polk
  20. Putnam
  21. Sarasota
  22. Seminole
  23. St. John
  24. St. Lucie
  25. Suwanee
  26. Volusia
 

Michelle Malkin Rightly Skewers Chamber of Commerce for Support of Big Government Programs

January 24, 2014

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin wrote an excellent column justifiably criticizing the Chamber of Commerce and other big business  affiliated groups for their support of Common Core:

 
"If you are a parent or educator who opposes top-down federal education schemes such as Common Core that undermine local control, dumb down rigorous curricula and threaten family privacy while enriching big business and lobbying groups, the U.S. Chamber od Commerce doesn't speak for you...

...Last year, the chamber poured more than $52 million into K Street lobbying efforts on behalf of illegal alien amnesty, Fed Ed Common Core programs and increased federal spending....

...In the case of Common Core, the chamber has made common cause with the left-wing, corporate-bashing Center for American Progress in a new Baptists and Bootleggers coalition. They are seemingly strange bedfellows who both profit from increased federal government intervention. For giant corporate publishers, such as Pearson and other big-business ventures backed by the chamber, it's all about cashing in on the public schools' Common Core captive guinea pigs in testing, teaching, data collection and data analysis.

For big government advocacy groups, such as CAP, it's all about diminishing state, local and parental control over local education and curricular decisions; expanding Washington's regulatory reach into the classroom; and ensuring the perpetuation of the Fed Ed bureaucracy...

I completely agree with her.  Related to the Chamber's support of Common Core is their unhealthy support for invasive, ineffective, and expensive early childhood programs and voucher programs with accountability requirements that will impose Common Core on private schoolsHere is an excerpt from a report about Education Liberty Watch's fight with the Chamber on early childhood scholarships:
A business-backed proposal to create a statewide rating system for early education programs has run aground over fears of government intrusion.
Rep. Jennifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, proposed the rating system, which was included in the House education omnibus bill. Conservative advocacy groups, including the Minnesota Family Council and Education Liberty Watch, opposed the bill, arguing the state was intruding in decisions that should be made by parents. In an early morning debate on the education bill, Loon's proposal was removed.
 

Malkin sums up very well:
When businesses get in the government handout line, it's not a "public-private partnership." It's corporate welfare. Venture socialism. Whatever you call it, it stinks as much under Democrat administrations as it does under Republican ones.

Political candidates in Florida, especially Republicans are going to have to decide: Are they going to listen to their constituents and the Constitution, or the siren song of the corporate elite?

 

 
 

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