A.B. Stoddard, Republican commentator and columnist for The Hill, is certainly entitled to her opinion. That doesn’t give her license to perpetuate the oft-repeated myth of a federal “mandate” for the Common Core State Standards.

If he prevails, the Senate and then the House could reauthorize NCLB, producing not only a huge legislative victory, and reforming the nation’s ailing elementary and secondary education system but killing off the politically toxic Common Core standards mandate in the process.There is not now, nor was there ever, a requirement to adopt Common Core.

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