Idaho Catholic, charter schools back Common Core

Two Idaho educational organizations have joined a statewide group backing Idaho Core Standards, a set of rigorous goals for what student should learn in public schools.

The Catholic Schools of Idaho and the Idaho Charter School Network have joined Idahoans for Excellence in Education, saying they back the standards for English and math.

They are among 22 organizations, including businesses such as Micron Technology Inc.,  business groups and education organizations that back Idaho Core Standards.

Those standards, which call for more in–depth studying and critical thinking, went into Idaho public schools — including charter schools — this fall.

But a group of parents say the standards are an unwarranted federal intrusion into the state and local education and hope to convince the Legislature to rethink its decision which led to putting the standards in schools.

Bob Sobotta, superintendent of Idaho Catholic Schools, backs Common Core. “While there is no mandate or requirement for Catholic schools to adopt the Idaho Core Standards, we believe they will enhance the educational programs at our schools and in no way compromise the Catholic identity of a Catholic school,” he said. “Thus, we enthusiastically endorse the Idaho Core Standards and are happy to join the Idahoans for Excellence in Education coalition.”

Terry Ryan, Idaho Charter School Network president, said charter school students “benefit when their education is geared towards high academic standards. The Idaho Core Standards rightly demand more of students and schools.”

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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