Leaked DNC emails reveal that officials within the Democratic National Committee scrambled to remove references to Common Core from a video due the public’s negative perception of the educational organisation.
A senior staffer at the DNC ordered a segment about Common Core be edited out of a DNC-produced video, saying that the party’s position on education was at odds with public opinion.
In a May 3 email, Eric Walker, a deputy communications director at the DNC, ordered a video to be changed that had referenced Common Core in a positive way.
“A) Common core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all. Get rid of it. B) Most people want local control of education so having Cruz and Trump saying it on a DNC video is counterproductive. Would get rid of any references to that,” he wrote.
The Common Core State Standards are supported by US Department of Education and the nation’s two top teachers’ unions: the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also backs them, Education Week reported. They are also widely opposed by school choice advocates and groups like the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
The words “Common Core” not in the Democratic platform, HSLDA Federal Relations Deputy Director Andrew Mullins noted.
“While direct references to the Common Core may be noticeably absent from the Democratic platform, the party’s interest in a one-size-fits-all Federal approach to education remains,” Mullins wrote at the HSLDA website. “On page 32, the platform calls for the federal government to play an expanded role in education—which is exactly how we got the Common Core to begin with.”
Mullins concluded, “As this election season rolls on, it is important to remember that parents know what is best for the education of their children, whether they attend public school, private school, or are educated at home. The Common Core Standards may be a ‘third rail issue’ right now, but unless we remain alert to the expansive reach of federal control in education, we may have bigger things to worry about than ‘third-rail’ electrocution.”