Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to "end Common Core" Tuesday in a campaign video posted to Facebook.
"Common Core is a total disaster," Trump said. "We can't let it continue. ... We're going to end Common Core. We're going to have education an absolute priority."
EducationI will end common core. It's a disaster. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Trump2016Posted by Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Trump went on to decry how low the United States ranks internationally in education despite spending more than any other country. "We are rated 28 in the world. The United States, think of it, 28 in the world. And frankly, we spend far more per pupil than any other country in the world. By far, it's not even a close second. So, here we are, we spend more money, and we're rated 28. Third-world countries are ahead of us."
Trump also decried federal involvement in education. In 2015, Congress replaced No Child Left Behind with a law that limits the Department of Education's role in K-12 education and expands flexibility for state and local governments. Still, many conservatives would have liked to see the bill go a step further in limiting the federal government.
"Education has to be at a local level," Trump said. "We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child's education."
Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.