Monday’s decision by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to sign legislation making his state the first to abandon adopting Common Core standards for K-12 schools was hailed Wednesday by Sen. Russ Fulcher.
“I applaud Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana State Legislature for their decision to opt out of the federal Common Core education standards,” Fulcher said in a news release. “I believe these national standards strip decisions away from parents and teachers and are setting every public school on a path to mediocrity.
“As Governor of Idaho, I will push for legislation that allows Idaho to opt out of this top-down, one size fits all federal program. We need to bring control back to Idaho, and empower teachers and parents so they can establish an education system that truly enables our students to excel.”
Fulcher, R-Meridian, has made reversing Common Core a key issue in his challenge to Republican Gov. Butch Otter, who supports the standards.
In Sunday’s Idaho Statesman, Fulcher and Otter each made their case for and against the standards.
Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna joins Otter in supporting Common Core, which was developed by governors and state schools chiefs.
Senator Fulcher recently published an op-ed calling for an end to the Common Core standards, which you can read HERE.