Landrigan captured this essence of the debate in his Nashua Telegraph piece about the Common Core votes yesterday:
CONCORD – The House of Representatives gave a full vote of confidence to the Common Core standards for public schools Wednesday, rejecting five bills to eliminate, delay or impose new restrictions on it.
“Termination of all this effort and activity would be nothing short of chaotic for our students, teachers and administrators,” said House Education Committee Chairman Mary Stuart Gile, D-Concord.
Program supporters said much of the opposition is driven not by objective thought, but a political agenda against the federal Department of Education that has given states grants to work on Common Core standards.
“There is a large gap between legitimate inquiry and ideological defiance,” said Rep. Mel Myler, D-Hopkinton.