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 Kentucky (2011-Present)
CURRENT POSITION: Strongly Opposes Common Core
- 2011: Attempts to slow down No Child Left Behind Act reauthorization by proposing over 70 amendments to the bill.
- 2013: Co-writes budget amendment with Senator Lamar Alexander, expanding school choice to include private schools.
- 2015: Co-sponsored a bill with Senator Pat Roberts to prohibit federal involvement with state education standards; co-sponsors bill by Senator Mike Crapo (S.144, Local Leadership in Education Act) preventing federal interference with local decision making on standards, curriculum, and assessments.
“I don’t think there’s really a constitutional role for the federal government in education. So I’m not for a national curriculum. I think the danger of having one central governmental authority deciding curriculum is what if we get some people who decide we really need to treat Karl Marx fairly, we need to make sure he gets a good write up in the history and, oh gosh, he was terrible. You can see how once it’s nationalized, one person can insert a bias into the curriculum, and it goes everywhere, and then you have to fight it. Should your local school district have to fight Washington, or shouldn’t you have to go to a school board member and say, ‘Should we have that in our textbooks?’ So more local control is better.” —Statement at Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) Campaign Event, October 2014, via Breitbart
The standards are “Rotten to the Core” and “anti-American propaganda, revisionist history that ignores the faith of our Founders and data-tracking of students from kindergarten on.” —Fundraising Email from January 2015, via Bloomberg News
- Question and answer session during an Iowa campaign event, August 2014
- Rand PAC Anti-Common Core Video, January 2015
- Interview with Fox News, January 2015
SUMMARY: Rand Paul has been a long-time critic of government involvement in grade school education and has advocated for the complete abolition of the Department of Education. According to Paul, Common Core is yet another overreach by the federal government and must be repealed.
— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell
Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image by Gage Skidmore.