Every week leading up to the 2016 Primary Season, HSLDA will post a profile for one of the 2016 Presidential candidates on Homeschooling Now, highlighting where each stands on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information on the Common Core, check out our free resources at HSLDA.org/CommonCore.
- U.S. Senator from Vermont
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1991-2007)
- Mayor of Burlington, VT (1981-1989)
CURRENT POSITION: Unknown
PAST POSITION: Likely Supportive
- July 2015: Voted in favor of the Every Child Achieves Act, the 2015 attempt at ESEA reauthorization, which contains language aimed at preventing the use of federal government dollars to incentivize states into adopting the Common Core State Standards.
- March 2015: Voted against Sen. Amendment 515, a measure which would allow states to opt out of Common Core.
- February 2009: Voted in favor the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009, which included funds for the Race to the Top Program. Check out HSLDA’s Common Core microsite for the story on how Race to the Top funding was used to incentivize states into adopting Common Core.
“This legislation … supports states, like Vermont, that have adopted the Common Core Standards so students are taught the skills they need to be in college and career ready.” —Bernie Sanders press release in favor of 2011 ESEA Reauthorization
- Bernie Sanders press release in favor of 2011 ESEA Reauthorization.
SUMMARY: Bernie Sanders has been noticeably quiet regarding his stance on the Common Core State Standards. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, his past statements and votes suggest he may have previously supported the standards.
— Andrew Mullins
Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image by Gage Skidmore.