Overriding new chair’s call for delay, Palm Beach County GOP votes to condemn Common Coreby George Bennett | December 12th, 2013
Disregarding new Chairwoman Anita Mitchell‘s concerns about spooking donors, members of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee voted Wednesday night for a resolution opposing the Common Core education standards championed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.
In her first test of strength as party leader since winning a special election last month, Mitchell told REC members she wanted the anti-Common Core resolution delayed “until we can get some people in here to educate us a little better.” She also said some potential contributors would prefer that the local party not take positions on hot-button issues
“I’m getting also outside feedback from people that we are soliciting to be contributors and they are – it isn’t that they’re for or against – they’re very hesitant with us taking on resolutions like this,” Mitchell said.
“So I have a double role here. One is to make sure that everybody’s heard and it’s fair. But I also have the incredible job of getting our financial health back. So I’m being a little cautious trying to just not quite stir up things that are controversial to people who can give us money.”
That argument didn’t carry much weight with party activists.
“Yours are financial interests. Mine are the future of this country,” said an REC member who said she has four kids and wants to combat “this insanity that comes home in my children’s backpacks.”
After voting to defeat a motion to delay the Common Core vote until February, REC members voted for the resolution expressing the party’s opposition to the national educational standards.
Common Core standards have been championed by Bush and by the National Governor’s Association and are supported by President Barack Obama‘s administration. Some conservatives see the standards as a step toward a federal takeover of education.