Michael Watson: Gov. Bryant was right to veto Common Core bill

The fight against Common Core is raging across the United States, and Mississippi is no exception. Supporters of Common Core include President Obama, his education secretary Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, the Fordham Institute and our own State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, among many others. Opponents include a growing army of parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, legislators and executives across the nation.

On Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed SB 2161, the “Common Core” bill. I haven’t the slightest doubt in my mind that Gov. Bryant made the right call and applaud him for doing so…

…So, what do we do now? If the lieutenant governor and speaker are serious about ending Common Core in Mississippi, they should join Gov. Bryant in turning up the heat on the state Board of Education to remove and replace the Common Core State Standards. They don’t need a study commission to act.

Above all, Mississippi’s parents should ask their elected officials, schools administrators and superintendents one question: How many years of Mississippi’s children must we sacrifice to the disastrous and demoralizing implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the oppressive testing that comes with it?

Clarion Ledger