Core Talk: The 2016 Presidential Hopefuls and Their Views on Common Core

With the Presidential race heating up, we here at Core Talk thought it would be a good idea to check out the candidates’ views on Common Core and the future of education.

Currently, the top-three Republican candidates are Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio, all of whom support dismantling Common Core as it currently exists. Despite not agreeing on much, the three aforementioned candidates believe that education needs to be handled at a state and local level, not by the federal government.

On the other side of the ballot, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appear to be less forthcoming with their stances. Neither candidate openly supports Common Core on their campaign website, but both have taken actions that show their support.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top contenders’ stances on Common Core:

Cruz (R):

  • In addition to voting in favor of an anti-Common Core amendment in the Senate, Cruz said, “We should repeal every word of Common Core.” Cruz also proposes to eliminate the department of education altogether and switch the focus to the local and state level.

Trump (R):

  • Claiming that Common Core is a “total disaster,” Trump proposes massive cuts to the department of Education, including shutting down large portions of the department. Trump argues, “We are terrible at education, but we spend far more money than anyone else.”

Rubio (R):

  • Rubio believes Common Core is “unconstitutional” and voted in favor of an anti-Common Core amendment in the Senate. Senator Rubio has promised to reverse Common Core, and has instead highlighted the importance of vocational schooling and additional educational opportunities that are innovative and incentivized.

Clinton (D)

  • Clinton believes that a system like Common Core was developed to provide equality and equity in the education sector so that all students had equal access to a great education. However, “…lot of states unfortunately haven’t had that, and so don’t understand the value of a core, in this sense a Common Core.”

Sanders (I):

  • In direction opposition to Cruz and Rubio, Senator Sanders opposed anti-Common Core legislation in the Senate. However, he has not fully supported or opposed Common Core, but “he opposes a repeal of Common Core standards.”

There you have it folks. Our team will continue to keep an ear out for education news as the race develops, and until then…

…Stay Classy, Standards Enthusiasts!

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