Despite growing opposition to the Common Core, leading political supporters such as US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York State Education Commissioner John King must continue to support the initiative.
After passing rates in New York fell from 47% to 26% in reading and from 60% to 30% in math, parents and educators expressed frustration with the Common Core.
In an op-ed, the New York Daily News discusses why the Common Core is necessary and supporters should not be intimidated by the backlash:
Supporters of setting rigorous benchmarks for public school students must stand firm. Most immediately, they must pressure Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to choose a chancellor who will forge ahead, not crumple.