South Carolina governor’s strange relationship with Common Core

By Jamie Murguia | for The Nerve

South Carolina politicians are masters at promising one thing and doing the opposite. From ethics reform to restructuring, they promise the moon and deliver exactly nothing. How do they get away with it? By assuming that the public won’t dig any deeper than a post on Facebook.

Gov. Nikki Haley, for example, posted this on her Facebook page: “We have been trying to repeal Common Core since 2011 when we came into office. Whether its [sic] education, healthcare, or any aspect of government, we will fight to keep all standards state based, not federal.” She then linked to a letter she wrote two years ago in support of a senator who also claims to be fighting Common Core.

Haley has blamed the implementation of Common Core standards on the previous administration, claiming her administration has “actively supported efforts to pull South Carolina out of nationalized standards since taking office in 2011.” That’s not the case.

at The Nerve.

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