Nicholas Tampio wrote a book about Common Core and its threat to democracy.

It is the zombie of education.

In this article, which was distributed nationally by AP, he warns that Common Core continues to flourish under DeVos.

Arne Duncan hailed it as the greatest thing since the Brown decision; Lamar Alexander said ESSA had finished; education expert D. Trump said it was a disaster. But, said Tampio, it has merely shape shifted. It is wounded but it lives.

”In a speech in Washington earlier this year, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called the education standards known as the Common Core a “disaster” and proclaimed: “At the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”

“The reality, however, is that the Common Core is still very much alive. As indicated in a recent report from Achieve, 24 states have “reviewed and revised” their English and math standards under the Common Core. In some instances, such as in New York, the revised standards are known by a different name.

“This is worth pointing out because, as a political scientist and as I argue in my new book, the Common Core has soured many people on public education and civic life in general. When one group of people decides the national education standards, other people feel alienated from the schools and the democratic process.”