WASHINGTON - While requesting an additional $1 billion for the U.S. Department of Education's $67 billion budget in the upcoming year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan backed away slightly from his support for the Common Core standards this week in congressional testimony.
"I'm just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they're common or not is secondary," he told members of the House appropriations subcommittee that works on health, education, and other related issues.
Previously, Duncan energetically defended the Obama Administration's Common Core curriculum, which parents and teachers nationwide are lambasting. Indiana pulled out of the Common Core national program in March and other states are following suit.
Education Week reports Duncan, who was head of Chicago Public Schools before joining the Obama Administration, also maintained to the committee that there are "zero" federal grants tied to the common core.