by Gretchen Logue of Missouri Education Watchdog
‘Trickle-down mandate’ hurts ed standards
Regardless of how proponents defined it, Common Core is anything but voluntary. In actuality, it’s a $16 billion trickle-down mandate, the vast majority of which is unfunded.
MetroWest Daily News reports:
To shine a light on the decision-making process, Pioneer Institute, under Massachusetts Public Records Law, requested documents pertaining to any cost-analysis prepared prior to the adoption of Common Core. Sadly, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education admitted that none existed.
You wouldn’t build a house without costing out the labor and materials. But, unfortunately, that is exactly what Massachusetts did when education officials and Governor Patrick adopted Common Core without estimating the cost of implementing the standards. That means the expense of assessments, textbooks, instructional materials and technology weren’t projected, or, more likely, even considered in the decision.