Common Core an unexpected flashpoint in Rex Tillerson’s potential nomination

Common Core an unexpected flashpoint in Rex Tillerson’s potential nominationA bipartisan initiative to create learning standards for American school kids is creating an unlikely resistance to two of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices: Betsy DeVos for education secretary and his potential pick of Rex Tillerson for state. Notably, the right-wing news site Breitbart, which was until recently run by Trump’s top adviser Stephen Bannon, ran a story over the weekend calling out Tillerson for his past support for Common Core. Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, is the current frontrunner to become secretary of state, according to a flurry of reports over the weekend. Breitbart dug up the oil magnate’s 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed calling Common Core, an initiative launched by the National Governors Association, a “path to renewed competitiveness” for the U.S.

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