Opinion Piece Predicts Maryland Governor Will Continue Common Core

The Washington Post‘s blog, The Answer Sheet, recently published an article predicting Governor Hogan will continue the implementation of the Common Core, and the accompanying student assessment, PARCC in Maryland.

The article states that while the Administration has criticized the State’s school reforms and stated that it would consider the merits of the nationwide initiative, there are serious fiscal deterrents to pulling out of the Common Core now,

According to an administration source, one key reason is that the state believes it would be too expensive to break a $60 million contract with Pearson, the world’s largest education company, to administer the PARCC exams in Maryland from 2014-2018. There are “significant” financial penalties for breaking the contract early, the source said, and Hogan does not at the moment want to do that.

The piece also noted that Governor Hogan’s recent appointments to the State Board of Education are both supporters of the Common Core.

For more information, read the whole piece from The Answer Sheet here.