Common Core: Coming Soon to a School Near You?
This Federalist Society Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast features Jimmy R. Faircloth, Jr., Managing Partner of the law firm Faircloth Melton & Keiser LLC in Alexandria, Louisiana, and D. John Sauer, a partner in the law firm of Clark & Sauer LLC in Clayton, Missouri.
"The Common Core State Standards attempts to define what K-12 students should know at the end of each school year in key subject areas. The initiative garnered strong and broad support, but has come under increasingly heavy criticism from state and local officials, and parents. Supporters argue that uniform standards are an essential part of assuring quality education throughout the nation. Criticisms range from concerns about top-down, federal control of a traditionally state and local government function, to attempts to impose a nationwide curriculum, to a lack of field testing of the standards. Our experts discussed the standards and who has the better argument."