President Trump held a Business CEO Town Hall Tuesday morning where many things were discussed.
Trump spoke about Common Core being a failure, suggesting that he fully plans to keep his campaign promise to end the highly unpopular program plaguing our schools across the country.
“Common Core, I mean, we have to bring education more local,” Trump said. “We can’t be managing education from Washington.”
The president continued:
When I go out to Iowa, when I go out to the different states and I talk, they want to run their school programs locally and they’ll do a much better job… And I like the fact of getting rid of Common Core. You know, Common Core, to me, we have to end it. We have to bring education local, to me. I’ve always said it, I’ve been saying it during the campaign, and we’re doing it.
Trump promised several times on the campaign trail to end Common Core, and many are calling for the president to take action.
Critics are worried that Trump’s message went from “ending Common Core” to “school choice” towards the end of the election. Skeptics are worried that the president may be coming off his pledge to give more power back to the states over their schools.
Emmett McGroarty, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, is looking for answers and clarification on the problematic standards that were adopted by states in exchange for federal funding and relief from federal regulations.
“More than any other President — or even presidential candidate — ever, Donald Trump has empathized with our citizens, particularly parents, who have seen firsthand the damage done by federal efforts to shape and dictate education policy,” McGroarty said in a statement.
“Today’s comments show that President Trump has not forgotten his promise to end Common Core and return to local control of education,” he added.
“He is taking seriously the assurance he made in his Inaugural Address, ‘Today… we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people.'”
Trump also spoke about education secretary Betsy DeVos, adding that she is “doing a terrific job.”
“Highly respected, tremendous track record, but she’s got one of the toughest jobs of any of our secretaries, to me, she’s got one of the toughest jobs,” Trump added.
McGroarty made his most vital point in that Trump’s leadership will be crucial to eliminating Common Core.
“Every Swamp creature will unite to fight against the president on this, so his leadership will be critical,” he explains.
“We look forward to seeing what steps the Trump Administration will take in the coming months to take power away from Washington D.C. and return it to parents.”
If Trump will throw his support behind this campaign promise and fight for the elimination of this program, he will have many influential people ready to help him win this battle.
Ending Common Core is something that the president must get done sooner rather than later.