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John Kasich Wants to be Jeb Bush’s Running Mate


That’s the only explanation we can come up with. Because the only alternative explanations for Governor Kasich’s position on Common Core is that he stupid, he’s lying to the people of Ohio, or he thinks the people of Ohio are a bunch of ignorant hicks.

Here’s what the governor had to say last week.

Kasich has been rumored has a potential candidate for president in 2016. As with most potential candidates he’s being asked about his position on Common Core. His comments at Fox News show him to be running for vice president for either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. His views on Common Core won’t win him any friends in the Republican base.Here’s what the folks at America’s Greatest Awakening, a Common Core opposition blog, have to say about Governor Kasich ‘s comments.

1. The Common Core State Standards in math and English/language arts that the Ohio State Board of Education adopted in 2010 were not written by state school chiefs.  They most certainly were not written by school principals.  Liar, liar, pants on fire.  Either that or completely ignorant about the process.  I can’t speak to the rest of Ohio’s New Learning Standards that include a broader range of topics, but I can speak to this.  With Common Core there was a writing team brought together by Achieve, Inc. and five lead writers.  None of those folks were Ohio’s State Superintendent of Education nor were any a school principal.

2. The State of Ohio doesn’t set their own standards?  Then what the heck are Ohio’s New Learning Standards.  Is he telling us that school districts are free to choose their own standards?  That’s fascinating when with Ohio Curriculum only high school students who graduate between 2014-2017 are allowed to opt-out.  The fact the Ohio Department of Education even has a model curriculum to accompany standards tells me at the very least that the state, not local school boards, set the standards.

3. No one reputable has claimed President Obama sets the standards, but only someone who is being disingenuous can’t admit that Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind flexibility waivers influenced states into adopting the Common Core prematurely and without legislative grants of approval.

4. Kasich wants to “solve problems” but has been opposed to a bill that would replace the Common Core math and ELA standards that exist with the Massachusetts pre-Common Core standards that actually are proven.

5. How are we to believe that local school boards have a say when Kasich won’t even listen to voters?  Only 26% of Ohio voters support Common Core… just 1 in 4.  Who can disagree with that?  Parents.  Teachers.  Kids.  These Republican governors he is criticizing are actually listening to their voters.  Is this something that should be scoffed now?

Earth to Kasich.  Come back from fantasy land.  You are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

Common Core is nothing more than an expansion of George W. Bush’s ill-conceived “No Child Left Behind.” That program further opened the door to federal control of local school districts.

Diane Ravitch has studied Common Core and provides excellent commentary on its origins and curriculum.

President Obama and Secretary Duncan often say that the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted by them. This is not true.

They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states.

​In fact, it was well understood by states that they would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding ($4.35 billion) unless they adopted the Common Core standards.


Anyone who thinks the federal government, and specifically the US Department of Education, is not in the process of forcing this on every school district in the nation is either crazy or stupid. Will they “require it.” No, they won’t. But they almost certainly will withhold federal funding from school districts that refuse to comply with Common Core standards.

Governor Kasich is pushing a Trojan horse into every school district in Ohio.If you live in Ohio, or simply want to help stop Common Core in a critical state, please check out America’s Greatest Awakening and consider getting involved.


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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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