Fulcher starts anti-Common Core petition

Gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher — who endorsed the new Idaho Core Standards three years ago — is now launching an online petition drive urging the state to dump the standards.

From the Fulcher campaign website:

Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian

Idahoans want a local education system that empowers teachers and parents. 

“But Gov. Butch Otter and Barack Obama want to force federal influence on Idaho through Common Core, a top-down national curriculum that puts your child’s education in the hands of federal bureaucrats, and out-of-state interests. 

“Russ Fulcher will fight to restore local control to Idaho’s education system by rejecting Common Core.”

The Senate and House education committees approved a rule in 2011 supporting the new standards in math and English language arts, and Fulcher voted for the standards in Senate committee. Fulcher, R-Meridian, has also floated a bill that would require the Legislature to approve future multistate education compacts by formal vote. That bill’s prospects seem dim; the bill is on hold for a rewrite, and Fulcher is not at the Statehouse this week.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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