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Common Core: 5 Quotes From Lawmakers on Heated Debate

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 11:45 AM

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was adopted for schools in 2009 and has remained a hot topic among all people involved in public education, including lawmakers.

Common Core enjoyed bipartisan support in the beginning, but has now developed outspoken detractors from both the right and the left.

According to Mother Jones, Common Core's supporters include liberal financier George Soros, the former Republican governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, former Republican governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

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Here are five quotes from lawmakers concerning Common Core:

1. According to Think Progress, Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant, reportedly said that Common Core would "attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can." He added that officials implementing Common Core in Florida were promoting the gay and lesbian agenda.

2.
"The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy," stated Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, in 2012.

"The Common Core academic standards were both developed and adopted by the states, and they have widespread bipartisan support. GOP leaders like Jeb Bush and governors Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and Bill Haslam have supported the Common Core standards because they realize states must stop dummying down academic standards and lying about the performance of children and schools."

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3. Florida State Sen. John Thrasher and four former chairs of the Florida Republican Party sent an email to conservatives in hopes of gaining support for the standards and to clear up misunderstandings, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"There are good conservatives on both sides of this issue. Questioning the integrity of anyone involved on either side of this debate does not do our party or this issue any favors. We implore our fellow Republicans to judge the Common Core State Standards by what they are: academic standards, not curriculum and not a national mandate."

4. In 2013, Florida Senate President, Republican Don Gaetz, blamed lost bipartisan support for Common Core on politics stating, "Unfortunately, the Obama administration has tried to hijack the Common Core issue."

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According to Town Hall, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was a supporter, but then rejected Common Core after becoming more familiar with it. He said, "Let's face it: centralized planning didn't work in Russia, it's not working with our health care system and it won't work in education."

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