Since Jeb Bush was not a sitting governor he could have stayed away from it entirely. Or he could have taken the opposing side. Not only did he support it, he also supported a whole raft of establishment reforms that also happened to be supported by the Obama Administration. It wasn’t just the establishment financial support that made Bush out to be another establishment toady. It was his energetic advocacy, including founding his own nonprofit, of the Establishment Education package.
Common Core is seemingly dead in Oklahoma, but some in the Republican party in Oklahoma are STILL pushing the associated reforms. This in spite of the fact that there is no real support for them here. All the support is from outside the state. It is sponsored by non-profits, corporations, and other lobbying groups. Not by Oklahomans. There is no place in Oklahoma where people are gathering around the water cooler and talking about the need for value added teacher evaluations, or ending the practice ofpaying experienced teachers more to encourage them to keep teaching. They are, however, talking about how their kid’s teacher is moving out of state next year and how the Republicans are trying to close their local school because it is too small while also trying to open charter schools which are even smaller.