Carly Fiorina’s Common Core Problem

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Craig Barrett, Arizona’s chief Common Core pusher and Chairman of Achieve Inc., the architect of the Common Core standards, hosted an exclusive private fundraiser for Carly Fiorina near Phoenix on September 10, according to the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Briefs.

Barrett is the former CEO of Intel and Arizona’s poorer version of fellow Common Core pusher Bill Gates. He routinely supports candidates who, once in office, go on to advocate for his position of supporting Common Core and the suctioning of our kids’ data to his buddies at the Chamber of Commerce.

Craig Barrett would NOT support a candidate in Arizona or nationally who is truly against Common Core in their actions, much less hold a private fundraiser for them.

It’s not just the private fundraiser that is troubling.  In addition to education, Carly Fiorina has a history of advocating for policies that mandate a strong federal role only to change her position when it’s no longer politically beneficial for her.

Ten years before becoming CEO at Hewlett-Packard (HP), Fiorina wrote a masters thesis pushing for a greater involvement of the federal government in shaping our education system.  Her thesis acknowledged that, “The Department of Education, under both Reagan and Bush, has shied away from standards development, fearing a political outcry against the usurpation of states’ authority.”

But, Fiorina posited, the federal government at its best could use its control of education dollars to “encourage state and local (education) organizations to reform their operations” and use its leadership role “for textbook adoption and teacher certification procedures.”

Fiorina also recommended that the federal government play a bigger role in the “development and dissemination of recommended standards” and “curriculum guidelines” for consideration by local school districts. Continue Reading