Iowa GOP State Convention Approves Anti-Common Core Planks

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Republican Party of Iowa State Convention Delegates discuss amendments to the state party platform on Saturday at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.

The Iowa GOP State Convention delegates approved anti-Common Core planks as part of their larger party platform on Saturday.

Plank 2.4 reads:

We support the abolishment of any federal or state law or regulations – such as Common Core or Iowa Core – that establishes, funds, mandates or controls core standards, curriculum, assessments or tests intended for children from birth to age of majority.

Plank 2.11 discusses parental rights and a general opt-out:

We support parent and guardian rights to read and study curriculum and to observe their child in the classroom.  Parents and guardians have the right to be informed and to “opt out” their child from health and wellness screenings or assessments, tests or surveys not specific to core academic areas.

Parents have the ability to opt their children out of all assessments, not just ones outside of core academic areas.  I think I understand why they wrote this the way they did.  They probably didn’t want to come across as being supportive of parents opting their children out of all tests at school.  This plank is still poorly worded, but it is better than nothing.

Plank 6.6 is a general local control plank:

We call for the abolition of the Iowa Department of Education and reinstitution of the Iowa Commission on Schools. We believe that control of education should be left to the parents, teachers and local school boards.

Now if Republican Governor Terry Branstad and House Republican Leadership who helped tank the Common Core legislation that was introduced this last session would follow the party platform.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.


  1. roscojim says:

    Agreed – Common Core and Iowa Core do nothing but take school control away from parents and local administrators and put it into the hands of know-nothing bureaucrats.

  2. Mike Wedge says:

    Once again, people with little to no actual experience in the classroom are trying to sabotage educational progress. “Local control” is a myth. Please see my previous posts about what Common core and Iowa core are really about. TIME magazine also had a great article about the bizarre reaction (from people like Shane) to common core implementation. Once again, common core/Iowa core lay out learning progressions and grade-level developmentally appropriate guidelines. Teachers, like myself, still have discretion as to how to meet those standards. Shesh! What’s wrong with a framework for teachers to use to know what students should know and at what age i.e. Iowa/Common core??

    As someone who ACTUALLY teaches, I can assure you I don’t get directives from “know-nothing bureaucrats”…rather the reverse. I’m very curious to see what “control” has been “taken away.” If you’re going to make claims, then support it with evidence. By the way, the TIME article I referenced stated that one state threw out common core and then replaced with it with their own standards—that were almost identical to common core, except didn’t have the “toxic” name.

    I’d love for someone on this blog to tell me exactly what SPECIFIC issues they have with common core, NGSS, Iowa core.

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