In this National Review op-ed, Stanley Kurtz packs in a greatest hits of the most popular myths and misconceptions of the Common Core State Standards. For example:

Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it. Though the Common Core originated with the National Governors Association, it is not a federal initiative. And it definitely isn’t a curriculum.

Bush and his Common Core-supporting allies have been pretending to favor local control for years. Yet Jeb has repeatedly backed the most controversial Obama administration moves to consolidate what amounts to a national curriculum. A careful look at Bush’s record makes his actual views all-too-clear. Common Core actually empowers local control: States get to choose whether to adopt them, and then local districts and school leaders choose how to teach to the standards.

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