New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is widely believed to be considering a run for the presidency, proposed Thursday abandoning the Common Core education standards that are a sticking point among conservatives.
Common Core, which Christie signed off on adopting in 2010, is "simply not working," he said, according to NJ.com.
The set of educational standards adopted by more than 40 states have sparked criticism among conservatives -- and backtracking among politicians who once endorsed the measures. NJ.com noted that Christie touted the standards during his first term “and later said Republican opposition was based on a ‘D.C. mindset’ of constantly needing to be at war with President Barack Obama.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who also once backed the standards, has called for a new approach. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has remained largely supportive of the standards, though he has left room for criticism.
Buzzfeed reported Thursday that Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan “sought — and received” Bush’s advice on how to handle Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s concerns about Common Core.