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Why Condoleezza Rice, Joel Klein, and the Council on Foreign Relations are Wrong About Common Core and National Standards and Why these Standards will Stifle School Choice in America

In a new Reason commentary, I argue that Condoleezza Rice, Joel Klein and the Council of Foreign Relations are wrong about national standards and that they will impede school choice in America.

While the embrace of school choice by the commission is encouraging, adopting common core and national standards is actually counterproductive to competitive education efforts. Why embrace competition and then set an arbitrary national ceiling for academic standards that is sure to stifle or slow at least some of the academic innovation that would arise out of more competition in K-12 schools?

I explore this contradiction in the Council on Foreign Relations report and the evidence for school choice and against national standards.

Lisa Snell is Director of Education


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