The Pulse 2016 Publishes Effrem Article on Rubio Involvement with Common Core

January, 2016

The Pulse 2016 published Dr. Effrem's most recent article that mostly covered Senator Marco Rubio's association with Common Core related to his support for Race to the Top and Arne Duncan as described in the Tampa Bay Times. The article also discussed former Governor Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Here is an excerept:
Obviously, Race to the Top and Arne Duncan were the means the Obama administration used to impose and spread Common Core that was aided by Bush and his Foundation for Excellence in Education as Rubio correctly pointed out. Bush also took credit for the Common Core cementing and Fed Ed expanding Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) while Rubio, to his credit, voted against the initial Senate version. However, Rubio failed to vote against cloture or the final version of ESSA or the omnibus that increased funding for the tyrannical federal programs that are in ESSA.
Leary clearly explains the damage that Bush's support of Common Core has done to his campaign:

Bush's support is clear as is the damage it has done to him in the presidential race.

Although Rubio's record is far better than Bush's on the Common Core system, it is far from perfect. In addition to what is shown above, we have documented the major contributions to Rubio by Common Core billionaires Bill Gates and Paul Singer, and our friends at the Pulse 2016 have shown that Rubio is pushing the invasive data mining bill, The Know Before You Go Act.  This bill seeks to have the federal government collect data on students throughout their lives just to be able to provide information to others about which colleges and majors provide the best jobs. This contributed in large part to the Florida senator's merely average grade of a C on Common Core by American Principles in Action. Privacy expert Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges said:

Tracking autonomous free individuals through most of their lives in the name of better information for the benefit of others may be justifiable, but its extremism should at the very least be acknowledged and addressed. 

Rubio has recently been echoing the strong opposition both to the Common Core (by criticizing Chris Christie) as well as talking about abolishing the US Department of Education. Senator Ted Cruz has been forcefully stating these positions since at least 2011, according to Donna Garner, a long-time activist from Cruz's home state of Texas. Cruz was also the first candidate to sign Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly's pledge against Common Core.  Ultimately, though, Rubio's opposition to the standards and the US DOE has not been as strong and long standing as that of Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, both of whom received grades of A- on the APIA report card. 

Garner also points out that although billionaire businessman Donald Trump expresses opposition to Common Core, he has given liberally to the politicians that put the terrible system into place:

Our country needs to turn a deaf ear to Donald Trump's recent anti-Common Core comments. It is Donald Trump who used his vast wealth to give campaign donations and/or to support publicly the Democrats who perpetrated both ObamaCare and Common Core.  These include Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel, John Kerry, and Bill Gates:  6.22.15 "How Donald Trump Helped Democrats Pass Obamacare" -- by Marc A. Thiessen Washington Post --

Voters need to be discerning in their choices especially when it comes to the freedom, futures, and privacy of their children.

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