Leef: Common Core prime example of government overreach, inefficiency
Dr. Jeffrey Leef, Republican candidate for Illinois' 7th Congressional District seat, spoke out about big government and Common Core recently.
"I have to be the broken record and keep repeating: Big government is bad government," Leef said. "All, not some -- all federal governmental programs produce the same results: more in, less out. Not only is Common Core another example, but proof that governmental inefficiencies are a bipartisan effort."
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by 42 states, four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The standards set educational goals at each grade level for K-12 students.
Doubts about Illinois' participation in developing tests for CCSS emerged after the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s educational journal Education Next reported that the number of states participating has dropped by 62 percent.
"Illinois should, but won't, abandon this failed program," Leef said. "Too many elected officials are beholden to the special-interest groups that benefit from sticking with this sinking ship. Although there is nearly a 100-year history of Chicago Machine Democrats ignoring the wishes and best interests of the citizens of Illinois (does the Independent Map Amendment referendum ring a bell?), it shouldn't stop us from demanding that we abandon the Common Core and leave the teaching to our teachers."