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Teacher’s Union Unsettled with Common Core Implementation, Rejects Gates Funding

A teacher’s union is citing the poor implementation of the Common Core State Standards as a reason to reject further funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund, according to the Washington Post and as originally reported at Politico.

The American Federation of Teachers, comprised of approximately one million members, has received more than 5 million dollars from the Gates Foundation in the last five years.  Some of this money has been used to support the initiatives of the Innovation Fund, including Common Core, according to the Post.

However, the Post reports that many union members have been unsettled with the implementation of the Common Core and so the AFT will no longer accept Gates money for its Innovation Fund.

“You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten in November, according to the Post.

Similar sentiments were issued last month by the National Education Association’s president Dennis Van Roekel when he described the implementation as “completely blotched,” as was reported.

The Gates Foundation has been at the forefront of the Common Core initiative, providing $150 million of seed money to get the Common Core ball rolling.  The Gates Foundation also gave more than $100,000 to support implementation of the Common Core in Catholic schools, as was reported.

Just recently, The Cardinal Newman Society reported that Common Core curriculum giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, providing more evidence that the Gates-funded Common Core State Standards are being used to dictate school curricula while enriching software, testing and textbook companies.

Ina statement released in December, The Cardinal Newman Society warned that adoption of the Common Core is “premature” and recommended that schools not be “locked” into the Common Core before it has been “thoroughly and rigorously evaluated.” 

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