Until now, the New York Times has followed Arne Duncan’s formula to explain opposition to Common Core, which is to demonize critics as Tea Party yahoos. However, Motoko Rich wrote a story about the unlikely alliances that are forming on both sides of the issue.

Supporters of the Common Core cross a wide spectrum and include big corporations and anti-public education zealots like Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee. Critics of Common Core include conservatives who worry about federal overreach and educators who object to standardization. The teachers unions, by the way, have vigorously supported Common Core, except for the Chicago Teachers Union, which voted unanimously to oppose it. Some critics see Common Core as a massive diversion of billions of dollars to vendors of tests, technology, and other new materials and services.