Misconception on Common Core

To the editor:

In “Jim Lawrence: Jobs, economy, education are key issues” in the Aug. 14 edition, Dave Anderson quotes Mr. Lawrence: “‘I'm strongly opposed to Washington, D.C. dictating policy to New Hampshire,’ he said, citing the Affordable Care Act and the Common Core educational standards as examples.”

As was discussed at length last week in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, the Affordable Care Act certainly comes from Washington. However, the Common Core standards (www.corestandards.org) were developed by the state commissioners of education and the governors of 48 states, working through the Council of Chief State School Officers (www.ccsso.org) and the Governors Association Center for Best Practices (www.nga.org/cms/center), not by the U.S. government. These sites are .org, not .gov. Blame is important, but it should be directed accurately.

John O. Willis


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