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Kauffman Applauds Governor’s Decision to Delay Common Core in PA
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today issued the following statement after the announcement from Gov. Tom Corbett to push back implementation of Common Core standards in Pennsylvania from July 1 until later this fall:

“Over the past few months, parents across the political spectrum have voiced concerns to me about using the federal government’s mandated academic standards for math and English that seem to focus on widespread, generalized standards that may not deliver the best education possible for Pennsylvania’s young people.”

“Although I am not a member of the House Education Committee, I have shared my concerns directly with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Delaying implementation of the Common Core standards is the right thing to do. This move will give the Legislature more time to thoroughly review and fully understand all the ramifications of these new federal mandates. It will also provide the Department of Education more opportunity to understand the concerns that many of us in the Legislature have, prior to moving forward with Common Core standards in the Commonwealth.”

“This additional time will also allow for the drafting of any legislation that may be needed to address this issue in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rest assured, I will continue to follow this issue closely and keep residents aware of any progression of implementation of Common Core standards or changes that may be instituted by the General Assembly.”

To read a letter Kauffman signed and sent earlier this year to the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education seeking answers on how implementation of Common Core standards would impact basic education in the Commonwealth, go to and click on “Common Core State Standards Initiative.”

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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