It would have been folly for the Cobb school board to spend $7.5 million on new math textbooks aligned with the Common Core national standards.
For one thing, because the Common Core math curriculum has been used less than a year, we have no test scores or other data yet showing that it’s effective. (This is a particular concern in light of expert opinion that Common Core will in fact disadvantage our children, placing them about two years behind students of high-achieving countries by 8th grade.)
For another, it is by no means certain that Common Core will even be taught in Georgia schools for much longer. Support for local rather than centralized control — and therefore, for withdrawal from Common Core — is building across the state and in the legislature. To sink that kind of money into books that might be useless in another year would hardly be good stewardship of the taxpayers’ money.
Nationwide, the wheels are coming off the Common Core wagon. At least six states have active legislation to withdraw from the standards, two others have withdrawn from the national tests, and the arguments of the Common Core proponents have withered in the light of day. The only argument they have left was that we shouldn’t withdraw now, because we’ve already spent so much money on Common Core compliance.
Could that be the real reason some were in such a hurry for Cobb to invest such tremendous sums in a dying initiative?