While many top Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have come out in support of Common Core, Republican U.S. Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has once again bucked the establishment by stating that he is against the Common Core education standards.
I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, Florida, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response. Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.”
The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.” And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.-Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)