Cruz Takes On Common Core in NH

During an appearance in Barrington, NH, on March 15th, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked about Common Core. He has this to say:

I think we should repeal every word of Common Core. Look, education is far too important to have it governed by unelected bureaucrats down in Washington. Education, I mentioned before in response to the first question, I’m a constitutionalist. Over and over again as questions come up, my touchstone is going to be: What does the Constitution of the United States say?

If you look at the Tenth Amendment, or as President Obama calls it: the what? The basic protection that says the powers not given to the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people. That means the federal government has no authority to do things like set the curriculum in education. That needs to be at the state level or even better at the local level. And ma’am the reason for that, you actually described beautifully, which is, listen, if it’s at the local level, you can go to the Stratford County school board meeting and if the curriculum being taught to your kids doesn’t make sense, you can make your voice heard. You can speak out and say, ‘this isn’t right.’ Every one of us should have control over what’s being taught to our kids. If it’s bureaucrats in Washington: They don’t care what you think, or I think. It’s about accountability to the people. That’s the answer: getting back to the Constitution, back to the freedom this country was built on, and it’s ultimately about empowering the people. That’s why y’all are here.”

You can listen to the entire event below. The Common Core remarks start at around the 37:47 minute mark: