Rounds, other former governors defend Common Core
By Northern Plains News
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds and several other former governors continue to support Common Core educational benchmarks that they helped develop.
The Bipartisan Policy Center's Governors' Council includes seven former Republican and Democratic governors: Phil Bredesen, of Tennessee; Jim Douglas, of Vermont; Brad Henry, of Oklahoma; Linda Lingle, of Hawaii; Sonny Perdue, of Georgia; Mike Rounds, of South Dakota and Ted Strickland, of Ohio.
Governors and chief state school officers created the Common Core standards, according to BPC. These standards are state-driven and state-implemented and will hold all students to the same academic rigor while forestalling the need for federal intervention in an area traditionally left to the states.
The governors will devote this year to clarifying much of the misinformation including claims that Common Core is a federal initiative and that it dictates exactly what will be taught in each individual classroom. The effort will begin with an event with current Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation this month.