[4/8/17] After what critics viewed as waffling on his campaign pledge to end the Obama-backed national Common Core standards and restore local control of education, President Donald Trump reiterated this week his desire to abolish the controversial K-12 schooling scheme and get the federal government out of education. Speaking at his CEO Business Town Hall, Trump praised his U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos and said the process of ending Common Core was underway. However, with Devos suggesting falsely that Common Core was “essentially” eliminated under an unconstitutional 2015 statute dubbed a “Christmas miracle” by Obama, critics and analysts were left scratching their heads.
At the CEO town hall meeting with business executives near the White House, President Trump sounded a lot like candidate Trump, who made eliminating the widely criticized Obama-backed “education” regime a centerpiece of his campaign. “Common Core, I mean, we have to bring education more local,” Trump said at the event. “We can’t be managing education from Washington.” In fact, on the campaign trail, Trump went even further. Echoing Ronald Reagan when he was campaigning for president, Trump repeatedly touted the possible elimination of the unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education altogether. So far, though, little progress has been made on any of those fronts.
But if Trump’s latest comments are any indication of his plans, Common Core — imposed on state governments using bribes and bullying by the Obama administration — will eventually be dismantled. “When I go out to Iowa, when I go out to the different states and I talk, they want to run their school programs locally and they’ll do a much better job,” Trump continued, wondering why children were getting through school unable to read. “And I like the fact of getting rid of Common Core. You know, Common Core, to me, we have to end it. We have to bring education local, to me. I’ve always said it, I’ve been saying it during the campaign, and we’re doing it.” How exactly it was being done, however, was not clear.
Instead, Education Secretary Devos recently claimed — falsely — that an unconstitutional statute known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “essentially does away with the notion of a Common Core.” In reality, the controversial statute does the opposite, cementing Common Core into place and purporting to give the federal government veto power over a state’s education standards, among other illegal extremism. In fact, the statute entrenched Obama’s radical education schemes into federal “law” for the first time’ in history, granting the feds unprecedented (and illegal) control over education under the bogus guise of returning power to the states.