Posted: 3:05 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Jack Kingston goes after David Perdue with Common Core mailer 

By Daniel Malloy

Kingston-Perdue Common Core Mailer front

David Perdue is shown next to President Barack Obama in a new Jack Kingston mailer on the Common Core education standards that has shown up in mailboxes in south Georgia and Roswell, we hear. A reader passed along the accompanying images.

It opens up a new direct attack by Kingston against the front-runner, with less than two weeks to go until primary day.

The mailer takes Perdue’s comments to the Marietta Daily Journal on Common Core, the controversial educational standards movement launched in part by his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue. David Perdue has sought to thread the needle on the standards, saying he agrees with the intent but not the execution.

Kingston has been more direct, comparing the standards to Obamacare.

Kingston’s tactic with the mailer, it should be noted, is at odds with what his pollster argues is a good general election strategy.

Kingston mailer sigHere are videos of Kingston and Perdue separately addressing Common Core.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey responds with this:

“This is the kind of desperate and false attacks you expect from a 20-year congressman who is about to be out of a job. AJC’s PolitiFact has already debunked this false claim. David is the son of two public school teachers and believes in local control of education. He wants take power out of the hands of federal bureaucrats and return it to the parents and teachers in the classroom.”

Politifact called a claim that Perdue was in favor of Common Core “mostly false.”

25 comments
Baumer_1
Baumer_1

As a former university professor this anti-Common Core nonsense is extremely frustrating.  It isn't just the tea-tard driven lies about it being federal policy (which it isn't). It the resistance to progress.


For a lot of school districts, Common Core changes nothing.  Think Lassiter High or Etowah High or PS138, or Enloe, or Woodward, etc. (not that woodward is covered)...they already perform at or above Common Core standards.  Those parents have been wrapped into this know-nothing world of tea-party politics; which is to say they have been duped into believing a right-wing fairy-tale.  


The top 2000 school districts in the country have nothing to worry about...they are not experience any significant changes from Common Core. It is middling and lower performing schools that will experience change...and good.  People from these high schools deserve better.  A lot of them end up at schools like my former employer, Case Western, as well as the state schools in GA and elsewhere.  The dropout rate is increasing and so is the number of student in remedial classes.  Call me elitist, but colleges should not have to offer remedial classes.  That material should have been taught in high school (this is obviously different for non-traditional student who go to college in their 40s+).


I hear a lot of people hear, people who have never taught at the university level, blame standardized testing and "teaching to the test" as the cause for this. Nonsense.  Increase your education standards and you will not have to spend so much time "teaching to the test."  Go to an elite high school and see how different things are done.  And you know what? Elite high schools are not elite because of their students' parents' pocketbooks...they are elite because the attract the best teachers.  


Maybe it is time for our educators to re-evaluate themselves.  It is becoming more and more clear that worthless teachers and a lack of standards are the real culprits behind under-achievement (holding social environments constant).  



hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

How many ways can you inject the President into attack ads. Good grief. This guy is lame duck - won't ever be up for election again. Given this kind of stuff from a sitting Congressman, it's no wonder the President has struggled to gain any kind of traction on any initiative.

This hatred is so deep and unrelenting -- and so personal, that its underpinnings can't be based upon performance and ability alone. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

Are Democrats really hoping this issue will distract voters from anger over continuing high unemployment, Obamacare and its snafus, Benghazi, and the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS etc.?


JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

The circus has begun...the Radical Right Wing nut-jobs, trying their best to out-crazy each other at the peoples expense, pushing their own ideologically driven agenda. Yup, common core and a curriculum that stresses the sciences and academic standards is something that Republicans just CAN NOT stand for....better it be creationism, denial of the damage we have inflicted on our earth, preaching the perils of vaccinating children, guns guns guns, and tax breaks for corporations that do no pay a living wage. These people only represent themselves and the monied interests that buy their votes. Disgusting phonies, the whole bunch!

Lynn43
Lynn43

The education of our nations children should not be political fodder.  I am sick and tired of politicians arguing over education when they absolutely know NOTHING about what happens in the classroom.  I'm tired of Kingston's and many others' lies.  I'm tired of Purdue throwing his money around, and I'm tired of all of them making statements about what they plan to do when we know they will get nothing done but bank their financial accounts.  Leave the curriculum and standards alone so schools can have some constancy in what is being taught and let teachers have time to train to one curriculum and give them the tools they need to do their job. Politicians, get out of education and let the educators do their job.

nick1234
nick1234

Its more about putting Perdue on a mailer with Obama. The irony is the Chamber is Kingston's biggest backer and they are pr-Common Core.

honested
honested

Why are Candidates for the United States Senate so bowed up over an issue which is essentially a multi-state, grass roots educational outcome improvement project?


Are their political futures so desperately entwined with maintaining a reliable supply of dumb voters?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Why would it be a bad thing for Perdue to state he is in favor of the Common Core Standards? To quote his cousin Sonny, “From a partisan point of view, the endorsement of Common Core by the Federal Secretary of Education and President Obama have done more to damage Common Core than anything else. I never heard any opposition or suspicion of Common Core until there was support from the President and his administration.” He should embrace the standards and fire back at tin foil hat politicians who want to keep Georgia and the South last in education.

John53
John53

I am disappointed. Up until this time, the two Republican candidates who had taken the high road in this campaign were Kingston and Perdue. Kingston has now decided to stoop to the same dirty and misleading áds that political action groups have used against him. If anybody other than David Perdue is the Republican nominee, it may leave those of us who are Republicans with ethics no choice except to support Michelle Nunn in November.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

It's two solid candidates' that disagree on one topic out of many. Regardless of which one wins, they will be the next Senator from the great state of Georgia.


It's about time the AJC has a hack story on the Democratic side of this race. But, do not hold your breath waiting for that story.

DS
DS

I think PolitiFact would rate Kingston's claims in these mailers as pants-on-fire lies. Let's see if fair-minded voters notice and hold him accountable.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Kingston has been in DC way too long, and has failed at his job there.

Common Core was great when the GOP supporting it, but then President Obama was for its so they changed their support.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Kingston’s tactic with the mailer, it should be noted, is at odds with what his pollster argues is a good general election strategy.

Ready, shoot, aim!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Baumer_1


Baumer, I agree with your post in part, but as a former Instructional Lead Teacher (1 -7) and Reading Department Chair (9 -12), I have seen the academic development of students k -12 in the course of my 35 year teaching career.  What college professors do not see is the range of students' abilities and skill development k -12.  Most of these students do not go to college.  Too many drop out of school.  The I. Q. range of public school students is from 80 to 170+.  Special education students can have I.Q.s lower than 80.  Raising standards alone is not the answer.  No student can advance who is not taught on his or her exact instructional level, irrespective of his/her grade level.  Although I support Common Core standards across the nation, I know that those, too, will not help to address having too many remedial students in college.  The only way to address that problem to teach students where they are actually functioning in academic skills at point in time.  Please read my entry on my own blog, below, to be more informed about academic development for the masses in grades k - 12.  Students with higher aptitudes will learn at a faster rate than students with lower aptitudes, therefore, all students cannot move through the curricula for grades k -12 at the same pace.  This change must be addressed in public schools for all students to continuously grow whether Common Core is implemented for the masses of students across the nation or not. This individual flexibility must be a part of Common Core for it to be successful.


http://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/about-education-essay-1-mastery-learning/

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@hamiltonAZ  


We all know they are based on ability. The right-wing completely ignores the pre-Presidency Obama bio...except for his brief stint as a community organizer.


It is racism. Pure and simple.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@EdUktr  



Centrist and Honest Ed, 2, EdUktr, 0.


BTW, fake scandals do not hurt the President. The have only been making the GOP look crazier.


What high unemployment?  Last I looked nearly 3million jobs have been added in the past 14 months.  The economy has grown beyond pre-recession levels. Those snafus are old news.


Also, most of those unemployed people are Democrats and don't vote. You don't care about unemployment levels...you are just grasping at straws to hammer a president you hate for no logical reason.


Also, you spelled Educator wrong. No wonder GA ranks at the very bottom of education in this country.  

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

@EdUktr  

This is a Republican depicting another one on a mailer trying to make him look like, you know, an "Obama Lover" with a lot of lies and innuendo. You are the one trying to distract it away to something else. 

honested
honested

@EdUktr  

What?

You mean the people who can now go to the Doctor when they are sick?

The people who realize that international representation in unstable countries is a dangerous business?

The people who realize that the American job creation requires elimination of the current level of exemptions for offshore job creation?

Did you wish to speak to the Americans who realize that groups intent on evading taxation DO NOT qualify for the same tax exemption as those who follow the rules?

OR were you talking about those trapped on the 'conserrrrrrrrrrrvative' plantation?

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

The only distraction is the continued Fox News driven non issues of Benghazi and the IRS.

And Obamacare?  Wildly successful so far - millions of new people in the insurance market, lower costs, more freedom, and lives saved.

honested
honested

@DewieCheatem_n_Howe  

Maybe it derives from the obvious fact that more funding will be required for it to work, which is an obvious no-no in Georgia?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DewieCheatem_n_Howe


Dewie, please read my comments to John53, below, about David Perdue's lukewarm acceptance of Common Core standards in Georgia. Perdue does not even support testing students with Common Core tests, as will be done throughout the nation.  How can educators determine if students in Georgia have mastered the Common Core standards on a par with students in other states if politicians do not support testing Georgia's students with Common Core tests?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@John53


John, please do consider voting for Michelle Nunn in November.  I believe she will serve the interests of Georgians much better than any Republican candidate.  Read David Perdue's words in the link provided, above, and you will see that he, too, tries to stir up fears in the populace about President Obama's connections to Common Core.  David Perdue is just more subtle in doing so than Jack Kingston. Moreover, Perdue does not support testing students in Georgia with the same Common Core tests which will be administered to students throughout the nation who are being taught with Common Core standards guiding the way for improved education.

honested
honested

@Jefferson1776  

Failed?

Well look at the long list of kingston's legislative achievements.

There is carrying water and protecting profits for the insurance industry.

And there's...........well..............I'm sure it will come to me.............gosh he must have done

something..............after all, he's been there for like 2 decades.........oh well.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Jefferson1776


The irrational suspicion of President Obama's motives, especially in the South, is unwarranted and despicable in its intent.  Oh, that even one Republican candidate had the moral courage to point that fact out to citizens.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Examples of ridiculous political statements by each candidate:


(1) By David Perdue quoted in the MDJ, in the link, above: ". . .Now, what happens is the federal government takes that over and it somehow gets convoluted that we now want to dictate how do you manage the curriculum around that.” . . .“But that’s where people’s fears come out, and frankly, when President Obama came out in support of Common Core, it’s when a lot of people got very nervous about it,” he said. “They said, ‘Well, what’s the intent here?’ . . .Perdue said he supports Gov. Deal’s move parting ways with the testing component of Common Core."


(2) By Jack Kingston, from his article in the link, above: "By giving out waivers to the No Child Left Behind mandates and some Race to the Top dollars in exchange for Common Core compliance, the White House got its 'Obamacare for education' imposed on states while claiming the initiative was voluntary, state-driven, and competitive."