Ted Cruz says one of his dreams is to “repeal every word of Common Core.”
Oh, that sounds like a great idea: repeal the federally-mandated curriculum that each state must implement or risk losing federal grants.
Except it’s bullshit. All of it. First, Common Core is not a law, so it can’t be repealed. Second, it is not “federally-mandated.” Common Core was voluntarily adopted by the states. Third, the U.S. Department of Education cannot, by federal law, dictate to the states or school districts what they have in their curricula. Fourth, the major federal education grant, Race To The Top, has nothing to do with Common Core. RTTT, which came out in 2010, has been distributed already, and so whatever funds are still left to be spent were not and cannot be held up based on compliance with Common Core, which doesn’t require compliance in the first place.
Ted Cruz knows all of this, and yet he is making up shit about it. Why? Because he knows he can fool his followers into believing him.