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Idaho’s Fulcher: Follow Indiana’s lead and drop Common Core

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.

Click here to read’s Otter’s op-ed.

Click here to read Fulcher’s op-ed.

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.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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