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With numerous scandals dominating this administration, the last thing they need is another one, which only serves to place the current scandal on the back burner. The law of averages would dictate, a break is badly needed.

The Obamacare rollout has taken center stage the latter part of this year and it will continue to do so well into next year, but it will have some company. Along with the many tax increases associated with Obamacare, taxpayers will also be faced with higher demands in the area of education and will have less to show for it in the future.

In a recent editorial, the Herald Bulletin stressed the need for change to our educational system and cites a recent report that American children are behind their peers from around the world in academic achievement and this just may be the break the Obama administration needs.

According to Heritage Foundation’s Brittany Corona, the Common Core Initiative and all of the confusion centered around it will give Obamacare some well deserved competition.

Common Core State Standards is a creation of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, It’s funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but will cost taxpayers plenty and will not per say, enable high school students better chances at enrollment into college, nor increase their academic standing around the world.

Valerie Strauss, the Washington Post provides some insight into the educational standard and outlines the common misconceptions surrounding the initiative.

In Texas, last year, HB 462 banned the initiative with a 140-2 vote in the House and it went on to pass in the Senate, but there are some that are confusing Common Core with CSCOPE, which in Texas is called a back door to Common Core.

CSCOPE, created by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, based in Austin and is state funded, created an atmosphere that denied the public access to lesson plans and open meetings. After intense scrutiny, TESCCC promises changes and open meetings.

To say the least, both Common Core and CSCOPE appear to be one in the same and more than a few around the state has adopted this common ground. Texas rejected Common Core and it appears, the state adopted CSCOPE, with it’s long reach, as a back door to the national standard.

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