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FOR INSPIRATION: Florida Latest State to Back Away from Common Core
Earlier this week, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed an executive order that would terminate the state’s relationship with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a part of the Common Core State Standards. The governor cited overreach of the federal government as his main objection and the rationale for his decision: “PARCC has become a primary entry point for the involvement of the federal government into many of these state and local decisions.”
WHY IT MATTERS: In Oregon, Local Government Authority Under Trial
Next week, during a special session, Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber may resurrect a bill that would undermine local decision-making authority related to local regulation of genetically modified crops. While the governor favors giving the state more authority over local governments, a coalition of local groups is opposing the move: “[The proposal] strips away the rights of local communities to make locally appropriate decisions about food and agriculture…”
FOR MOTIVATION: Sound Familiar? Federal Government Set to Bail out Detroit
Despite growing public opposition, the federal government has managed to come up with $100 million to help out the bankrupt city of Detroit. White House officials say the extra funds will aid the city in hiring law enforcement officers and fire fighters. As State Budget Solutions has written, bankruptcy was a difficult but necessary decision for the Motor City. For far too long, Detroit has failed to make the tough decisions necessary to keep its fiscal house in order. Will the Washington’s decision to bail out the struggling Detroit get in the way of the city really learning its lesson?
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