Utah Governor, Attorney General Reiterate Local Control Under Common Core
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah’s attorney general, Sean Reyes, said Tuesday the state’s adoption of Common Core has not compromised local control of education. Gov. Herbert called for a review of Common Core in July, citing the growing division based in part, according to the governor, on “both true and untrue information.”
From the Deseret News:
“Speaking at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Attorney General Sean Reyes explained that his office analyzed a series of legal questions, including whether the State School Board ceded control of state standards and curriculums to the federal government, whether any partnerships have gained indirect control of state curriculums, and whether the state received federal funds to adopt the Common Core State Standards.
The answer to those questions, Reyes said, is no.”
The message from this exercise is simple: When states call for a review of CCSS, it does not amount to a repeal, as often reported. States are building on the Standards, as they are designed. And those that have put support behind CCSS are seeing returns on their investment in the form of improved student outcomes.