Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Matt Katz Corrects the Record on Christie and the Common Core State Standards

From WNYC, this is the first item on Katz's list of the ten times Gov. Christie lied on the campaign trail:
​1) "We have eliminated Common Core in New Jersey." Town Hall, Mason City, IA, December 5, 2015  
Christie, who once supported the educational standards known as Common Core, changed his position in May in the lead-up to a presidential candidacy. Common Core is unpopular among conservatives. But contrary to Christie's claim, the standards are still in full effect in New Jersey until at least next year, according to his education commissioner. Christie didn't "kill" Common Core in New Jersey -- all he did was order a review of the standards by a 94-person committee, which has so far conducted a sparsely-attended listening tour around the state. Education Commissioner David Hespe said the result of the review will be a "renovation" of the standards, "not a tear down." 
In fact, Common Core is alive and well in New Jersey, and has been for five years since the State Legislature approved the set of college and career-aligned standards. No committee will make substantive changes because, well, they're working just fine. Just ask students, teachers, administrators, school boards, and families.

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