George Pataki | Candidates on Common Core

George Pataki - Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog

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



  • 53rd Governor of New York (1995-2006)
  • New York State Senate (1993-1994)
  • New York State Assembly (1985-1992)

CURRENT POSITION: Opposes Common Core


  • 1995-2006: Pataki is governor of New York.
  • 2001: Pataki supports reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); proposes the Charter Schools Act which set up the Charter Schools Stimulus Fund; adopts the Republican Main Street Partnership requiring states to implement high standards of achievement in core subject areas; supports Ed-Flex, giving parents more say about where their child goes to school.
  • 2010: New York wins $700 million in Race to the Top grants, begins implementing Common Core.


“I’m against it. I’m for high standards but I don’t we should have Washington or some global community dictating to every state and every school how they’re going to educate our children. I’ve said I believe in high standards but one of my aides brought her kindergartener’s math course, math homework, to me. And I did very well in math in school. It was incomprehensible. I don’t understand what they’re trying to accomplish. The bottom line is we don’t need a national group telling states how to educate our children. Education has always been the prerogative of the states and should continue to be that.” —Comment to NH1 News, January 2015 via NH1

“We have to scale back the Department of Education dramatically. It is too big, like the rest of the government, too big, too powerful and too intrusive. Education has always been a state-controlled issue. I am a believer that the best government is the government closest to the people. So leave education to the local schools, the district schools, the states. And let the Education Department get information on best practices that they can distribute, but not try to tell our schools and our parents how our children are educated in America. Period.” … “Common Core is a horrible idea. It’s exactly like Obamacare. You have a bunch of people sitting in a faraway place in Washington who think they are smarter than we are, who are going to dictate to every community in this country how they educate their child. That’s not America. So Common Core should go.” —New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit, Nashua, New Hampshire, April 2015 via Forbes

George Pataki - Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog


SUMMARY: As governor, Pataki’s education policies focused on enabling parents’ ability to make more decisions regarding their child’s education. Initiatives supporting an expansion of charter schools, as well as supporting Ed-Flex foreshadow his reluctance to hand over educational control to the government. Since announcing his candidacy, Pataki has voiced strong opposition to Common Core.

— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell

Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image Jim Cole / AP Photo.

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