Ted Cruz Demands Repeal of Federal Law That Doesn’t Exist

Ted Cruz, like most conservatives, is throwing a fit over the Common Core educational standards. Also like most conservatives, he doesn’t actually know what they are or how they came about. That’s why he’s demanding a repeal of the law that created those standards despite the fact that there is no such law.

Yes, #MakeDCListen! The Feds have no business sticking their nose into education! They must repeal the law that established Common Core! Now if only Common Core was a federal law, but it isn’t.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, known as Common Core, was developed by the states — with input from teachers, education experts and business leaders — and has been voluntarily adopted by 43 states and the District Of Columbia. Notably, “the federal government played no role in creating the standards, nor did it require that states adopt them.”

Common Core is not a curriculum but a set of standards regarding what students “should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts.” How kids get there is left to the schools and teachers.

Adopting Common Core was helpful to states seeking federal funding in 2009under a program called “Race To The Top.” But many states that did not receive funding continue to implement Common Core.

Common Core has become a highly politicized topic. In 2013, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution opposing Common Core, calling it “aninappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children.” The RNC attacked Obama, who was not involved in the creation of the standards, but ignored the role of many Republicans in creating Common Core. Many of the states that adopted Common Core are controlled, in whole or in part, by Republicans.

Damn those pesky facts!

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  • John Pieret

    Bobby Jindal, who originally bragged about his getting Common Core adopted in Louisiana, is now suing the Federal government because it enticed the states with its “Race To The Top” money and made it impossible for the states to turn down CC. Presumably, like a good conservative, he wants the Federal government to hand out money to the states equally and ignore how well they are performing.

  • marcus

    He went on to say:

    “Obviously we in Congress are opposed to any type of standard, anywhere, ever, This should include, but not be limited to, standards that require any level of: Civility, intelligence, critical thinking and/or rational thought. it is apparent that if those types of standards had been created and enforced I, and a large number of those people serving in Congress with me, would not be here today.

  • Michael Heath

    I think Republicans have become increasingly apathetic to Common Core for two reasons.

    The GOP voting base is concerned that if their children are taught to think critically, those children will reject their parents’ religion and political ideology. That would make it increasingly difficult to control and indoctrinate their children.

    From a GOP leadership perspective, it’s particularly concerning that their current very gullible submissive base is going to eventually die out, where potential new recruits will decreasingly fall for the rhetoric, platforms, and planks that are now primarily based on false premises.

    The GOP’s current agenda doesn’t take hardly any energy to develop and secure support from their base. A fact-based agenda would require talent, effort, and competency. These are not attributes that currently define the GOP are they easy to develop. These are also not attributes that would make it feasible to continue to serve the Koch brothers and other key financial constituents.

  • alanb

    Obama not involved in developing Common Core? That’s what he wants you to think. But by the time the truth comes out it will be too late — all the schoolkids will be gay-commie-muslim-atheists for dictator Obama.

  • magistramarla

    As a parent and a military dependent, I’ve always wanted the entire country to have some common standards. We moved often, and my children often found themselves repeating a class or some concepts that had already been covered in our previous state of residence. This was a tremendous waste of time for kids who were already ahead of most of their peers anyway.

    As an educator, I hated to see CC being used in the same way that NCLB was used to justify way too much standardized testing and to judge teachers on how their students scored on those tests. I feel that we do need some national standards and we need to get the mess that is American education cleaned up fast before we are left too far behind by more progressive countries.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Common Core has become a highly politicized topic.

    Thanks Obama!

     

    John Pieret “Presumably, like a good conservative, he wants the Federal government to hand out money to the states equally and ignore how well they are performing.”

    Wrong. He’s against DC handing out any money to any state and, besides, the money his state currently gets back from the federal government is a fraction of what his state’s hardworking taxpayers send to DC. Plus, his state’s schools only perform “poorly” because Government Schools are run by all those unionized teachers and they’re so powerful and corrupt that they’ve even managed to ruin the many charter schools where none of them are.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Federal govt has no business sticking its nose in education.

    Right, because why would the federal government have an interest in making sure its citizens aren’t illiterate rubes?

  • John Pieret

    Modus:

    the money his state currently gets back from the federal government is a fraction of what his state’s hardworking taxpayers send to DC.

    Yeah, I looked it up. That fraction is 1.78/1 which, given its educational system, most Louisianans would probably think was unfair.

  • Kevin Kehres

    The feds weren’t involved in developing Common Core? Oh sure, that’s what they want you to think!

    And they also want you to believe that they didn’t use HAARP to create all the snow in Boston.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    John Pieret, exactly. How come the states that form the Engine of America’s economy like Louisiana get back so little (again, of their own money) back from DC while Moocher states get back so much?

    In any event why should Louisiana waste its hard earned taxpayer dollars on DC if DC is going to waste by giving it away to Moocher states like Louisiana?

    No. Wait. that last bit didn’t come out right. Let me start again…

     

    Louisiana is investing in its future. And with returns like $1.78 for every dollar invested, DC would be wise to copy Louisana, not penalize it with confiscatory tax rates.

  • theguy

    “Now if only Common Core was a federal law, but it isn’t.”

    At least TC knows what he is getting paid for hates. Rick Perry would’ve forgotten item number 3. And these guys want to lecture America about how education should be done?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I’d have thought everybody would agree that every child should learn readin’, ritin’, and rithmatic. Of course, I’d have also thought that everybody would agree every child should learn sciencin’, so that just goes to show ya’.

  • lorn

    Listening to the right wing the talk around CC is that it is interfering with states rights, and choice in education, and jack booted thugs imposing a meaningless test through coercive withholding of taxpayers own money.

    Unpacking that it seems to come down to being mostly about a whole lot of people enjoying federal funding and preferring they get that funding without having to do the difficult job of teaching. The loudest voices, often operating under different names and using dog whistles to obscure their motives, are charter schools (mostly based around religion and mostly segregated) and home schoolers (also mostly based on religion but entirely segregated).

    The objection to CC from the left, a much smaller fraction in my estimation, comes down to objection to having to teach to the test. IMO they have something of a point, not everyone does well on tests and teaching to a test too closely can stunt critical and creative skills. That noted it still remains that there simply has to be some accountability. Testing is tough and potentially wasteful but lacking any better way of checking the work product of education it seems to be a necessary evil.

  • eric

    Michael Heath:

    I think Republicans have become increasingly apathetic to Common Core for two reasons…

    I generally agree with your reason (I only counted one), but there is a broader political problem going on here: many of the positions the GOP staked out over the last 10-20 years were as an opposition party and were simply straw men. The GOP didn’t really buy them any more than the Dems did, but that didn’t matter, because as long as nobody tried to implement them the real-world consequences of those policies were irrelevant. With the development of Common Core what you see is a “be careful what you wish for” scenario: the GOP opposition stance was to demand voluntary state-lead standards. Well, they got them. Turns out, they didn’t really want any such thing and it was originally just bluster to try and make the Dems look bad.

    The same thing, incidentally, happened a few years back with the AMT (alternative minimum tax). How often have you heard GOP politicians demand a flat tax? But that’s what the AMT is, and when it started to hit their constituents, there was a huge rush to roll it back so it didn’t hit higher income people. Because the truth is, despite the rhetoric the GOP is not now and never was in favor of a flat tax; that is a mere opposition party talking point. The moment it looked like the AMT might actually become a flat tax affecting many Americans, they actively opposed it.

  • scienceavenger

    Federal govt has no business sticking its nose in education.

    Why not? Is math different in Oklahoma than in California? Is it more important to know about the Federalist Papers in Boston than Seattle? I’ve never heard a conservative give a coherant explanation for their position on this. The only one that’s ever made sense to me was that they want the right to keep their kids as ignorant as they are.

    We need to repeal every word of Common Core!

    Oh come on! I was pushing to repeal every other word!

  • Goomba

    Will he include a rider to defund ACORN with his plans, or yet another attempt to repeal Obamacare as well. How about another Bengazi investigation, might as well hit all the Republican boogieman while we’re at it.

  • blf

    That’s why [Ted Cruz is] demanding a repeal of the law that created those standards despite the fact that there is no such law.

    Does that mean we can pick the law he’s gonna champion repealing? All we have to tell him is “this law mandates CC” and off he goes like a rabid sheep chasing its own nose…

  • marcus

    Goomba @ 16 Another important question that hasn’t been answered: Exactly what role did ACORN play in Benghazi(!) and why is no one following up on the obvious connections?

  • cynix

    Wait until he’s on the stump and claims he did get it repealed becasue that’s how much Congress respects him. The proof being there is no such law. Now.

  • Anri

    Silly old us, expecting a GOP candidate to actually know something about the law.

    This is just another one of those situations where I honestly can’t tell if I’m looking at pandering or stupidity.

  • brucegee1962

    Eric @14

    many of the positions the GOP staked out over the last 10-20 years were as an opposition party and were simply straw men. The GOP didn’t really buy them any more than the Dems did, but that didn’t matter, because as long as nobody tried to implement them the real-world consequences of those policies were irrelevant.

    Good point. I would argue that the ACA was exactly the same thing. Obama (naively) thought that, if he based his health care plan on a Republican idea, he could get bipartisan support. He didn’t realize how reflexively they would abandon their own principles as soon as he adopted them, just so they could continue to viciously attack him.

    Of course this is also why, if the Supremes strike Obamacare, they won’t be able to come up with their own alternative (they’ve had six years to work on one, and so far they’ve got nothing). Any Republican alternative to Obamacare would be — Obamacare.

    With the development of Common Core what you see is a “be careful what you wish for” scenario: the GOP opposition stance was to demand voluntary state-lead standards. Well, they got them. Turns out, they didn’t really want any such thing and it was originally just bluster to try and make the Dems look bad.

    It’s the best of both worlds! Advocate bad plans, and then, if the Democrats fall for the bait, adroitly switch positions and start beating them up!

    Admittedly it’s a strategy that only works if you can suppress the short-term memory of your voters. Cue Fox News…