Indiana Learns The Hard Way What The Feds Will Do To You If You Reject Common Core

Western Journalism has reported extensively about the lengths to which leftists will go in protecting the federal educational guidelines included in the oft-maligned Common Core program. Nevertheless, public backlash, primarily from concerned parents, has led many states to reconsider their alignment with the curriculum.

One such state is Indiana, which decided to drop Common Core from its public school system last month. As a result, recent reports indicate the state’s superintendent of public instruction received a stern letter from the U.S. Department of Education. The correspondence reads, in part:

IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) met ED (Department of Education) requirements in its approved ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act/[No Child Left Behind]) flexibility request through the 2013-14 school year by adopting and implementing standards common to a significant number of States. Because the IDOE will no longer implement those standards, IDOE must amend its ESEA flexibility request and provide evidence that its new standards are certified by a State network of IHEs (Institutions of Higher Education) that students who meet the standards will not need remedial coursework at the postsecondary level.

Basically, Indiana educators are being told they are losing waivers given to states that adopt Common Core, which allow them to forego some of the demands included in the No Child Left Behind Act. Even though the state, upon dropping the federal mandate, initiated a plan to develop its own educational guidelines, D.C. bureaucrats are using strong-arm tactics to impose a homogenous curriculum on all students.

While the 10th Amendment seems to clearly state that state or local governments should be in charge of handling education, the establishment of the DOE has incrementally increased federal control over the nation’s schools. With the implementation of Common Core, it now seems that individual states have little say over what lessons the next generation will receive.

This prospect is even more chilling when one considers the blatant leftist propaganda that is being regularly exposed from within the pages of Common Core lesson plans.

Indiana, as it turns out, boasted state education standards that led the nation prior to the coerced adoption of Common Core. Now that the state has decided to forego the federally mandated program, the DOE claims it is somehow substandard.

As a result, the state board has a two-month timeline to provide evidence that its program complies with what federal authorities deem appropriate.

In the end, conservative skeptics appear to have been vindicated. What was initially sold as a state-initiated program has devolved into yet another exhibition of federal control.

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  1. If the rest of us thumb our nose at them, we will win. Federal Gov't. OUT of our lives!!!!

  2. Two things O's liberal D regime is good at is bullying and threatening. Indiana – stay strong (America is behind you)

  3. naurya1 says:

    May judgment fall upon the DOE and the federal tyranny

  4. Gaylord Randel says:

    Stand strong against federal control of our education system Indiana, we all know how a federal buracercy corrupts everything it gets involved with. Tell them to pack sand.

  5. Linda From NY says:

    Common Core is nothing more then Common Communist, I pray that Indiana continues to stand their ground against this tyrannical government.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      I really don't understand common core because I listened to Michele Rhee and common core had only to do with math and Ithink science.I worry more about what is being taught in history and how the liberals are brain washing our children in heroes are people like che guvera.The text books are printed to tell the children how good socialism.I believe we should crack down on kids to learn math and real science not this phony global warming.

  6. ONTIME says:

    The NEA, the government unions ans the desire of the Feds to have the all seeing eye of the government looking down on you is all wrapped up in the fact that the government will hold sway on any decision involving the education of your child. We all see how this administration is try to force and clone kids to accept policy their parents do not agree with, a commonality of government gone amuck, there is a thing called states rights, it ought to be the part that means your child will know there is more than one way to skin a cat, interpret a sentence, compare a picture or a phrase and not be formed into a PC machine..There should be choice, PS, Charter schools, home schools, private and religious schools and all the goals should be the same give the child a comprehensive education to have the chance to compete in this economy and world….

  7. Ignore the fed and move forward. Indiana knew what was coming. I live here in Indiana. They will do what they have to, for the kids.

  8. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    education Nazi police state

  9. Abolish the DOE. Our kids have suffered a second rate education at the hands the DOE! They are trying to make Americans illiterate. The dumber you are. The easier it is to control you!

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