MDE Board Member: Governor’s statements “just red meat to Tea Party”

“The governor’s proclamation is kind of just red meat to the Tea Party folks who don’t want or refuse to understand that there’s not anything wrong with Common Core. It’s really a great deal for Mississippi.”

Mississippi Department of Education board member Bill Jones said this in response to Phil Bryant’s remarks on Common Core Tuesday.

Mississippi adopted Common Core State Standards three years ago, and even though this is not a federal program, Governor Phil Bryant has issued an executive order to reassure Mississippians that Mississippi has the right to define its own public school curricula.

“We’re not afraid to compete with anybody in the nation. Mississippi ought to say our students can compete with any other states, and America ought to be able to compete with any other country in the world, but it doesn’t take a centralized federal government to make that happen,”said Governor Phil Bryant.