Cardinal Newman Society on Betty DeVos’ “Conversion” Away From Common Core

The National Catholic Register recently quoted Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 programs at the Cardinal Newman Society, about President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education – Betsy Devos.

“Her position seems to be that Common Core seemed like a good idea at the time, but that, according to her statement, ‘along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.’ This is the default position of virtually all former and even current Common Core supporters, including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush!” said Guernsey. “Her position should have been from the start: ‘Do not let the national government, businessmen, bureaucrats and billionaires (she now represents all four of these) design a national education program, and let the states decide on their own.”

Well put. Cardinal Newman Society also added in their recent report card. “As Catholics, we welcome all converts. Let’s hope DeVos’ conversion away from Common Core is genuine. And, to be clear, Common Core didn’t get boondoggled along the way. It was a federally supported bureaucratic know-it-all one size fits all boondoggle from the beginning,” they wrote.

Agreed. Common Core didn’t become a boondoggle, it was always a boondoggle. Top-down reforms never work.

As far as her conversion I also hope that it was genuine. I sincerely hope she is asked more about this during the confirmation process.

1 thought on “Cardinal Newman Society on Betty DeVos’ “Conversion” Away From Common Core

  1. Of course comkon core became a federal boondoggle, as will any national standards Betsy supports and pushes. Whomever accepts federal monies will have to abide by the ties that come along with it. Dont be fooled, the ship is sinking

    The Interagency Day Care Standards

    Federal law that states “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract… or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all program requirements (ed) that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements.”


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