Common Core Standards Are Here To Stay

The following is part of an April 9, 2015 memo from Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success:

In the wake of last year’s midterms, Common Core Standards appeared to be squarely in the crosshairs of newly-elected Republican majorities that swept into office in states across the country. But some three months into the 2015 legislative calendar, virtually none of the repeal threats have materialized.

Since January, efforts to repeal the Standards have fizzled in no fewer than a dozen states, two-thirds of which have legislative chambers and the governor’s office under unified Republican control:

States with Republican Governance (House, Senate, Governorship):

  • Arizona – Legislature twice rejected repeal bills
  • Georgia – Repeal efforts failed to materialize
  • Idaho –Legislature failed to move repeal legislation
  • Kansas – Legislature failed to pass repeal legislation
  • North Dakota – Legislature rejected repeal bill in unanimous fashion
  • South Dakota – Legislature rejected repeal bill
  • Utah – Repeal efforts failed to materialize
  • Wyoming – Legislature failed to move repeal legislation

States with Republican House and/or Senate Majorities:

  • Kentucky – Repeal legislation never came up for a vote
  • New Mexico – Legislature failed to move repeal legislation
  • Virginia – Governor vetoed bill prohibiting Common Core
  • West Virginia – Legislature failed to pass a repeal bill

Read the full memo, where Nussle explores the reasons why Common Core State Standards remain resilient in the face of opposition.