South Carolina's two U.S. senators are teaming up in opposition to Common Core education standards, announcing plans to introduce a resolution denouncing what they say was President Barack Obama's coercion of states into adopting Common Core state standards.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, said states were "bribed and coerced" into adopting the standards, developed by associations representing state governors and schools chiefs and voluntarily adopted by most states.
“Blanket education standards should not be a prerequisite for federal funding. In order to have a competitive application for some federal grants and flexibility waivers, states have to adopt Common Core. This is simply not the way the Obama Administration should be handling education policy. Our resolution affirms that education belongs in the hands of our parents, local officials and states.”
"While Common Core started out as a state-led initiative, the federal government unfortunately decided to use carrots and sticks to coerce states into adopting national standards and assessments," said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, in the news release. "That is simply the wrong choice for our kids."
Other senators are co-sponsoring the resolution with Graham and Scott: Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ted Cruz, R-Tex.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.