In our Common Core report card, we graded Rick Santorum and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade.
What does each grade mean?
A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. B … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly and consistently works against the issue.
So how did Rick Santorum do?
Ending the Common Core System: A Protecting State and Local Decision Making: B+ Protecting Child and Family Privacy: C+Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Overall Grade: B
From its beginning, the Common Core State Standards initiative has flown under the radar. Its funding, its implementation, and the substance of the standards it proposes have received little public attention, but all of them are wrong for families, wrong for students, and wrong for our teachers.
This relates to voters that, with or without the federal government’s involvement, Santorum understands the adoption of Common Core was still a bad decision due to its poor quality.