In a letter to the Daily Caller, former Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer defends the state’s decision to adopt the Common Core standards and calls for action against its opponents. Common Core has become a political issue, with opponents trying to undermine the standards by attacking elements of implementation. But Brewer, a Republican, openly advocates for the standards:
We adopted the new standards because they presented a marked improvement in content, gave our educators the ability to collaborate with their peers to unlock students’ potential, and promised to deliver better student outcomes and better prepare them for a college or career of their choice. And unlike our previous standards – that defined “proficiency” with a wink and a nod – the Common Core holds students to a level that restores the value of a diploma, no matter where they go to school.
Brewer calls for strong leadership to overcome the politics and charades over Common Core. She knows that the standards are a step forward in advancing public education for our children.
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