Common Core Q&A with Former Michigan Gov. John Engler


JE:The standards are important for several reasons. First, they send a clear message that educating all students is a fundamental right in the United States. We have a moral obligation to help ensure all students have a fair shot at the opportunities this country provides to it’s citizens. Secondly, the data are clear. Students will not be able to take advantage of the high-skilled jobs, many of which require strong analytical and math skills, that are available today and will continue to grow. Lastly, the United States will not maintain its competitive edge unless we make sure more students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are equipped to succeed in college and the workplace.


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