Most, if not all, the opposition to enacting new Common Core academic standards for Mississippi students has come from politicians and people affiliated with the Republican Party.
But thus far that opposition has not included three crucial Republicans – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. It is hard to imagine Common Core standards being blocked in the state without Bryant, Reeves and Gunn joining the opposition.
All, in a sense, have been walking a political tightrope, not wanting to offend key supporters. They have essentially said they oppose federal intervention in developing academic standards for Mississippi students, but have stopped short of supporting blocking the enactment of Common Core.
“We are going to monitor it very closely,” Reeves, who presides over the Senate, said recently. “I think this is a serious concern … We want to make sure it does not happen where we have decisions made in Washington, D.C., for our students.”