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  1. May 2017
    1. When it comes to matters of policy, the public tends to look to the federal government to lead the way, but the local governments actually determine educational policy. Early in our nation's history, lawmakers passed the 10th Amendment to the Constitution which is the basis for making education a function of the states. Each school district is administered and financed by the community along with that district's state government.

      Reason Federal government can not directly end Common Core or public school systems.

  2. Apr 2017
    1. President Trump and DeVos should not – and cannot – tell the states to repeal Common Core. To do so would mean they were accepting federal control of education – an area the Constitution reserves for the states and local governments.

      So they cannot outright end Common Core, but they can give states the freedom to chose not to follow it.

    1. However, along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.

      Betsy DeVos describing Common Core Standards on her website.

    2. Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position.

      The possible origin of why some sites report she supports Common Core.

    1. “This means letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”

      Betsy DeVos quote claiming to end Common Core.

    1. Trump has pledged to get rid of the Common Core curriculum standards, but those were adopted by most states, albeit under pressure from the Obama administration.

      Trump quote claiming to end Common Core.

    2. Even states that wanted to go along with Trump would face obstacles, though. California and 36 other states have constitutional provisions, called Blaine amendments, that ban the expenditure of public money on religiously affiliated schools. Close to 80% of private school students attend religious schools, which would be ineligible for vouchers in Blaine amendment states.

      Los Angeles Times Quote used by The Humanist.

    1. She is best known for her family’s extensive campaign contributions to Republican Party candidates and PACS as well as her staunch advocacy for charter and choice schools

      Advocacy for charter schools.

    2. Her husband, Dick, is the son and heir of Richard DeVos, Sr., the Amway co-founder whose net worth is set by Forbes at $5.1 billion. You can learn more about DeVos here:

      Family Connections.