Yesterday, we posted a copy of a 2010 letter from then GOP Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady which endorsed Race to the Top education reforms in Illinois (see letter HERE.)
Race to the Top is the US Department of Education initiative which tied federal funding to the adoption of several reform programs, including the controversial Common Core State Standards. In December of 2011, Illinois was awarded federal Race to the Top funds.
Today, a spokesperson from the the Bill Brady campaign office has reached out to an Illinois citizen to clarify Bill Brady’s current opposition to Common Core.
“Senator Brady is adamantly opposed to the intrusion of the federal government into our local schools through Common Core or any other program. His letter in 2010 was intended only to voice support for additional funding to Illinois, not to support any greater federal intervention in our schools. As Governor, he will work to eliminate Illinois’ participation in Common Core. He is the only candidate for Governor today who has consistently said he believes education decisions should be made by local school districts, parents and teachers, not bureaucrats in Washington and Springfield. He first introduced legislation in 2003 (SB 1519) to abolish the Illinois State Board of Education to help achieve the goal of greater local control.”
Note: The other GOP candidates have stated they are for ‘local control’ of education and that they are opposed to federal overreach. However, none other have stated that they would actively work to eliminate Common Core from Illinois schools.