Lonegan Opposes Federal Education Standards
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 11, 2013
Republican candidate Steve Lonegan says if he wins next month’s special election for a U-S Senate seat from New Jersey, he’ll lead the fight to reverse federal common-core standards for schools.
Lonegan says a one-size-fits-all model will not serve the needs of children.
“The common core education standards coming out of this Department of Education are designed not just to dumb-down education but also to facilitate what every kid in this country will learn, teaching to the test.”
Lonegan is concerned the federal government will collect personal data about students as part of the testing process.
“What their test scores are, what they eat for lunch, what their blood types are. Why would the federal government need sweeping amounts of data on our kids? They don’t. Go one step further, they shouldn’t have it.”
46 states including New Jersey have adopted the common-core standards in math and language arts that supporters say will allow local schools to set their own curriculum, but Lonegan says that might not be the case because the rules are contradictory.