Lindsey Graham | Candidates on Common Core

Lindsey Graham - 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



  • U.S. Senate, R-SC: (2003-Present)
  • US House of Representatives, SC-2, SC-3: (1993-2003)

CURRENT POSITION: Opposes the Common Core


  • 2015: Voted for S. Amdt 515, an amendment to allow states the choice of opting out of Common Core.
  • 2014: Sponsored Senate resolution denouncing Common Core.


“The Obama administration has effectively bribed and coerced states into adopting Common Core….Blanket education standards should not be a prerequisite for federal funding. In order to have a competitive application for some federal grants and flexibility waivers, states have to adopt Common Core. This is simply not the way the Obama administration should be handling education policy.” Press Release, February 2014

“Eliminating parental input regarding public school decisions is a disaster for public schools. The last thing we need to do is to alienate or destroy parental involvement in public education.” Press Release, December 2007

Lindsey Graham | Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog


SUMMARY: Senator Graham is a strong opponent of the Common Core Standards.

— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell

Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image via Lindsey Graham.

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