In May, the New Jersey governor running for president in the heavily anti-Common Core Republican Party, said this:
The governor, speaking at Burlington County College in Pemberton, declared Common Core is "simply not working." Christie wants to assemble a team to develop a state-based group to develop "new standards right here in New Jersey, not 200 miles away on the banks of the Potomac River."
"It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted and the truth is that it's simply not working," Christie said.
"It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents and has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work," he said. "Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones."
About those "new standards" Christie's going to have implemented?
They're going to look a lot like the old ones:
The department announced earlier this month that it will establish a 23-member committee to oversee the Common Core review process and make final recommendations, as ordered by Gov. Chris Christie. Three subcommittees will review the math and English/language arts standards, which outline what skills students should master in grades K-12.
Any teacher can apply for the committees that review the standards, but only teachers nominated by their district can sit on the committee that makes final recommendations, according to the state.
The committees will also consist of parents, school board members, administrators, educational experts and business and industry representatives. For questions about how to apply, contact NJStandardsReview@doe.state.nj.us.
Department of Education officials have said the review is intended as an opportunity to build on the existing standards through clarification, addition and omission.
"We will not be tearing down and starting over," Assistant Education Commissioner Kimberly Harrington said on July 8.
Let's see, a committee that makes final "recommendations" to the state education department which has already said that this is an exercise in building on the existing standards, "not tearing down and starting over."
That's not getting rid of Common Core in New Jersey.
That's creating an exercise in making it look like you're getting rid of Common Core in New Jersey while not really getting rid of Common Core.
I guess it's just as well since even though Christie said it was time to "move on" from the Common Core in New Jersey, he didn't think it was time to move on from the Common Core state tests, which are still going to be given.