Chris Christie putting axe to Common Core

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided New Jersey will no longer participate in Common Core. This news came from Christie in a Thursday speech at Burlington County College in New Jersey.

The Common Core curriculum was implemented by his predecessor Gov. Jon Corzine five years ago. Since then Christie says:

“It’s now been five years since Common Core was adopted and the truth is that it’s simply not working,” he said, according to remarks provided by his office. “It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents and has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work. Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones. And when we aren’t getting the job done for our children, we need to do something different.”

This move could also give him some much-needed steam in the 2016 election. He currently trails badly in the polls as he explores his candidacy options. His troubles in the polls are all his own as heis still trying to recover from the bridge closing scandal.

Last year Christie set up a panel to investigate the effectiveness of the Common Core. Since then he has vocalized concern for “how it is being rolled out.” The standards have become a hot topic for the right. They are now seen as a symbol of government overreach for those on the right.

Christie sees this as a chance to make New Jersey a leader in education. Part of his plan is to set up a panel in his state rather than wait for those on Capital Hill. He plans to:

“Task David Hespe, the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Education, with assembling a panel of teachers, educators and parents to develop new standards.”

This seems like a good plan to overhaul the standards as one of the chief complaints against the Common Core was the lack of involvement from educators. Christie’s plan should fix that glaring oversight.

[The Hill]