American Thinker – Heather Crossin - 4/11/2013
The end of local control of education looms as 46 states have signed onto the Common Core, a set of national K-12 education standards and federally funded tests. Opposition to it, though, is suddenly burgeoning into a full-blown national movement, with 13 states either not participating or seriously rethinking the issue.
Governors and potential presidential candidates should especially take note. In state after state, parents, especially moms, have driven the movement against the Common Core. It's hasn't seen much coverage by talk radio, and perhaps for that reason many elected leaders have failed to notice the fervor and rising opposition. But they should not underestimate the American people. They will soon have to account for their action, or inaction.
The moral of the story? Ronald Reagan chose to lead at a time when it would have been easier to follow. He proved his leadership mettle, which launched him onto the national political stage and ultimately into the White House.
Today's governors who reject the Common Core, like Reagan before them, will have to oppose the National Governor's Association. They will have to oppose another member of the Bush dynasty, Jeb Bush, the point-person for convincing Republicans to buy into the Common Core. They will have to lead.
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