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A Common Core roundup: Boise trustee decries opponents’ ‘hysteria’

The tweet of the day comes from Troy Rohn, a Boise School Board member.

Troy Rohn
Troy Rohn

“Let the Common Core hysteria begin,” Rohn wrote Tuesday. “The (Boise School District) strongly believes in (Common Core State Standards) and the long-term benefits it will have for our students.”

Rohn was responding to Monday’s Idaho Education News story on Common Core — and the Idaho congressional delegation’s position on the controversial standards. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said he sympathized with efforts to cut off federal funding for the standards — although Risch stopped short of signing Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s letter seeking to block Common Core spending.

Idaho has not received any federal funding for implementation of the math and English language arts standards. Idaho Core Standards implementation will begin in Idaho schools this fall, with assessments to follow in 2014-15.

Other tidbits on the Common Core front:

A “voluntary effort.” On Monday, the state Department of Education released an April 23 letter from assistant education secretary Deborah S. Delisle to state superintendent Tom Luna. The letter reinforces one of Luna’s key arguments for Common Core, an initiative he has supported since 2007; the states have driven this process.

“The authority for adoption of academic content standards resides with each state agency and not (the Education Department),” wrote Delisle. “(The Education Department) recognizes and acknowledges that the Common Core Standards is a state-led initiative and supports this voluntary effort.”

Waiting on Labrador. Still no comment on the Common Core controversy from 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. His would be an interesting take; if there’s anything to the rumor mill (from earlier this year, at least), the second-term congressman has been looking at coming back to Idaho to run for governor.

Labrador spokesman Michael Tate says he’s working on a statement; when we get it, we’ll post it.

 

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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