Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee among Those Mocking Common Core Opponents with Unicorns

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

A group of Common Core supporters resorting to mocking parents and other opponents of the boondoggle education initiative is studded with likely GOP presidential candidates, establishment Republican governors, top corporations, and the primary private funder of Common Core himself–Bill Gates.

As parents by the thousands are opting their children out of the Common Core-aligned tests throughout the country, and many states are besieged by massive technological glitches that are preventing the tests from being administered at all, pro-Common Core headliners like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) have joined together as a group called “Unicorns Are Not Real.”

Funded by PAC Alliance for Better Classrooms, the group purports to ridicule opponents of the unproven Common Core standards with the theme that “most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core” are not real, either.

With no independent studies whatsoever under their belts to prove the Common Core standards are “higher” or “more rigorous” than other standards, the group of mainly establishment, anti-conservative politicians, and education elites continue the same talking points they have put forward for the past five years about their pet reform. The group claims myths such as:

  • The standards tell teachers what to teach.
  • The standards will result in a national database of private student information.
  • The federal government will take over ownership of the standards initiative.
  • These standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.
  • Common Core standards are not any better than previous standards.
  • Common Core standards take control away from schools/teachers/parents.
  • Common Core standards mandate more student testing.

Last week, as discussion about education took center stage in the Louisiana legislature, a stuffed unicorn was placed on the desk of State Rep. Brett Geymann (R), who has spearheaded the anti-Common Core efforts in the Louisiana State House.

Louisiana parent grassroots activist Anna Arthurs told Breitbart News she understood more stuffed unicorns would be delivered to all lawmakers in the state. She said attached to the unicorn is a card with the group’s slogan, “Unicorns are not real and neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core.”

“Of course, what they list as myths are actually facts, and vice versa,” Arthurs said. “The PAC has been put together by a man named Lane Grigsby, a very successful pro-Common Core businessman who is one of the largest political contributors in our state and uses his money to influence our legislators and legislation.”

The following is a list of all the supporters of “Unicorns Are Not Real” who have resorted to ridicule of the conservative base of the Republican Party, which opposes Common Core:


Chairman Conrad Appel, Louisiana Senate Education

Ryan Aument, Pennsylvania State Representative

Haley Barbour, Former Governor of Mississippi

Bill Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education to President Ronald Reagan

Terry Branstad, Iowa Governor

Jan Brewer, Former Governor of Arizona

Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida

Steve Carter, Louisiana House Education Chairman

Carlos Curbelo, Miami-Dade School Board Member

Mitch Daniels, Amercian Academic Administrator & Former Governor of Indiana

Nathan Deal, Georgia Governor

John Engler, Former Governor of Michigan

Bill Frist, Former U.S. Senator

Dolores Gresham, Tennessee Senate Education Committee Chairman & Tennessee State Senator

F. Phillip Handy, President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education [Jeb Bush’s foundation]

Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor

Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas

Toni Jennings, Former Lt. Governor of Florida

John Kasich, Ohio Governor

John Legg, Florida Senate Education Chairman

Tom Luna, Former Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction

Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor

Matt Mead, Wyoming Governor

Butch Otter, Idaho Governor

Sonny Perdue, Former Governor of Georgia

Kraig Powell, Utah State Representative

Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Bob Riley, Former Governor of Alabama

Chas Roemer, BESE President

Brian Sandoval, Nevada Governor

Rick Scott, Florida Governor

Rick Snyder, Michigan Governor

Gerald Stebelton, Former Ohio House Education Committee Chairman

Rick Snyder, Michigan Governor

John White, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education



Alliance for Education

Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Black Alliance for Educational Options

Blueprint Louisiana

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.

Bossier Chamber of Commerce

Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region

Cajun Industries, LLC

Cajun Maritime, LLC

Center for Development and Learning


Chamber Southwest Louisiana

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans

Committee of 100 Louisiana

Committee of 100 Shreveport-Bossier

Contech Engineered Solutions

Council for a Better Louisiana

Democrats for Education Reform

Dupre Logistics, LLC

Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools

Educate Now!

Education’s Next Horizon



Fleur de Lis New Orleans Cuisine

Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce

ISC Constructors, LLC

Jefferson Business Council

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

LA Association of Science Leaders

La Coste Consulting, LLC

Lincoln Builders, INC

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

Louisiana Association of Independent Schools

Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

Louisiana Association of School Librarians

Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Louisiana Core Advocates Teachers

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Louisiana Science Teachers Association

Military Child Education Coalition

Monroe Chamber of Commerce

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section

New Orleans Chamber

New Schools for Baton Rouge

New Schools for New Orleans

Noesis Data, LLC

Public Affairs Research Council

Red Stick Robotics

River Region Chamber of Commerce

Robert Evans, Con-Tech International

Roy O. Martin

Shell Oil Company

Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education

South Louisiana Economic Council


Stand for Children Louisiana

Stirling Properties

Teach for America

The Achievement Network

The Brylski Company

The Cain Center for STEM Literacy

The New Teacher Project


United Way of Acadiana

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Urban League of Greater New Orleans


Craig Barrett, Former Chairman & CEO, Intel Corporation

Chester E. Finn, Jr. President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Education

Bill Gates, Co-founder, Microsoft

Michael J. Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Michelle A. Rhee, Founder, StudentsFirst; Former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

Edward B. Rust, Jr., Chairman of the Board & CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies

“This action of mockery of the anti-common core legislators as well as citizens is the height of arrogance and insult coming from this group,” Arthurs stated. “It is unbelievable that these supporters think it is okay to set up a website such as this and then to place one of these stuffed animals on the desk of one of the most dedicated legislators we have in the House.”

Arthurs said two supporters of the Unicorns group–Chairman of the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Sen. Conrad Appel and Chairman of the State House Education Committee, Rep. Steve Carter–indicated they are planning to kill any anti-Common Core legislation that comes to their committees.

“What blatant abuse of their power and disregard for the legislative process in our state,” said Arthurs. “I guess the only positive I can find in this is that this action proves that supporters of ‘Unicorns’ only have stuffed animals to offer our legislators, while we bring actual facts and research to them.”

Geymann said he was stunned that public officials and professionals would stoop to ridiculing parents concerned about their children’s education.

“I find it very offensive that the arrogance of the elitists has led to the mocking of parents in public,” Geymann told Breitbart News. “To equate a mother who is fighting for her child to a person who believes in unicorns is unacceptable and pathetic.”

Geymann states the members of the PAC should resign immediately.

“They have crossed over the line of public debate and determined themselves to be part of the ruling class,” he asserted. “We intend to stop them.”


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