The Tea Party is still leading the charge against the federal government's Common Core educational standards, but the cause is suddenly getting support from some teachers and some (famous) parents.
“I had students tell me they felt like they were failures. I had students cry during the exam,” Prospect Heights International High School English teacher Emily Wendlake told the New York Post. Teachers at the school are refusing to administer the standard's English test to their students, since many of the students aren't native English speakers. In a press release, the teachers said that "50% of parents have opted their children out of the test" and that "this test serves no purpose for the students, and ultimately only hurts them." That complaint is shared by Tea Partiers, who see the new standards as a one-size fits all approach to education.
In February, The New York Times reported on declining support for Common Core among New York teachers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also opposed the program, arguing that the standards were harder for students, especially ones who were struggling to begin with. (This isn't universal. Some teachers also said their students were producing higher quality work and contributing more in class.)