[N]ot everybody wants Obama to notice them. Advocates for Common Core standards -- which guide math and language arts instruction from kindergarten through high school -- would rather the president take a pass. Common Core was developed by associations of state officials and nonprofit groups. But once Obama embraced it and had given states financial and policy incentives to adopt it, it immediately sparked a backlash. States including Indiana, South Carolina and Missouri are considering pulling out of the standards. "It's imperative that the president not say anything about the Common Core State Standards," said Michael Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.... "If he cares more about the success of this initiative than credit-taking, he will skip over it."
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to strip the name "Common Core" from the state's new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called "The Iowa Core." And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete "Common Core" from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards." In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards -- a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country -- officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They're keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal. At a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the organizations that helped create the standards, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) urged state education leaders to ditch the "Common Core" name, noting that it had become "toxic." "Rebrand it, refocus it, but don't retreat," said Huckabee, now the host of a Fox News talk show and a supporter of the standards.