NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED528618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-21
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A National Education Standards Exit Strategy for States. WebMemo. No. 3437
Burke, Lindsey M.
Heritage Foundation
The push for centralized control over what every child should learn has never had more momentum. The Obama Administration has pressured states to adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative, conditioning more than $4 billion in Race to the Top grants on its adoption. The Administration's blueprint for the rewrite of No Child Left Behind also called for Title I dollars to be contingent on states' adoption of the nationalized standards. Some state leaders have jumped on the bandwagon to nationalize the standards and content taught in local schools. With little public notice, any states have agreed to adopt the Common Core national standards. This movement is a challenge to educational freedom in America and is costly in terms of liberty, not to mention dollars. State leaders who believe in limited government and liberty should resist this imposition of centralized standards. Adopting national standards and tests through the Common Core State Standards Initiative surrenders control of standard-setting to distant national organizations and Washington bureaucrats. Education reform should give control over education to those closest to students. Conservatives have the opportunity to reverse course and reject this latest centralizing overreach. It is time for states to reject the nationalization of standards, tests, and ultimately, curricula, and instead work to strengthen and improve excellence in their local schools through state and local policy. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Heritage Foundation. 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002-4999. Tel: 202-546-4400; Fax: 202-546-8328; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top