If Common Core Can’t Make It in New York, Can It Make It Anywhere?

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July 21 2014 3:56 PM

If Common Core Can’t Make It in New York, Can It Make It Anywhere?

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He's ahead, but Common Core isn't

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The new Siena poll doesn't contain many surprises—Andrew Cuomo easily leads his re-election race, challenger Zephyr Teachout has yet to register, etc. It's really just the question, and answers, about the Common Core education curriculum that surprised me.

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In a very short time, opposition to Common Core has evolved from a fringe Republican position that blue-staters laugh at to a position that clearly wins out in blue New York. When independents break against something by a 14-point margin, politicians generally look awkwardly for the escape hatches.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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