As conservative opposition to the national K-12 education standards known as Common Core continues to grow, a leading figure in the Republican Party is lending his voice in support of the system.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for his party’s presidential nomination in 2008, penned a letter Tuesday to lawmakers in Oklahoma, urging them to stick by the standards even as Michigan, Indiana and other states have backed away from them.
“It’s disturbing to me there have been criticisms of these standards directed by other conservatives,” he said. “I’ve heard the argument these standards ‘threaten local control’ of what’s being taught in Oklahoma classrooms. Speaking from one conservative to another, let me assure you this simply is not true … They’re not something to be afraid of; indeed they are something to embrace.”
His letter came on the same day that the Michigan state senate passed a budget blocking all funding for Common Core. That measure now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who like Mr. Huckabee, is a strong supporter of the standards.
Indiana already has paused implementation of the system, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.
Leaders in other states, such as North Carolina, have indicated they may follow suit.