Well if you didn’t know it was election time in the state of Mississippi, you should know by now. Our illustrious Lt. Gov, Tate Reeves, has now decided it’s time for the state to dump the federal Common Core education standards and create our own. Anyone with any little dab of common sense knows this is all political pandering to the conservative base, much like Governor Phil Bryant has done previously. With rumors abounding about possible challenges next year, Tater is hearing footsteps behind him, conservative footsteps, and he’s attempting to shore up the base, the same base he went against in the Senate race last year.
But this should be blatantly transparent to every conservative in Mississippi. It’s even more infuriating when you consider the fact that Reeves once fought FOR Common Core! Senator Chris McDaniel, head of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition, said as much today: “Although I’m pleased to see him ‘change’ his position, it was Tate Reeves who fought against the Senate Conservative Coalition when we fought for repeal and/or the defunding of Common Core. It’s a matter of public record. He has been an advocate for Common Core and has killed our bills and amendments to repeal it. We don’t need him to create a task force, WE NEED A FULL REPEAL OF COMMON CORE.”
Earlier this afternoon, Senator McDaniel released the following statement on his Facebook page:
“I am pleased to see Tate change his mind on Common Core, but I fear this is little more than election year pandering,” said McDaniel. “The Mississippi State Senate Conservative Coalition has stood strong against Common Core from the beginning, and the Lt. Governor stood in the way and dismissed our efforts at every opportunity.
Leaders like Senator Michael Watson, Senator Angela Hill, Senator Melanie Sojourner and all of our coalition members have taken our message to the people across Mississippi and we have shown time after time that this is another federal scheme in a long line of federal schemes. Mississippi parents and Mississippi educators can do better.
The Lt. Governor’s call to name a task force to look into Common Core is not necessary. We know what Common Core is. We know what it is attempting to do. We just need the courage to stand up for Mississippi parents, teachers and students and end this now. That’s what we tried to do in the 2014 session. That is what we will do again in 2015.”
Tate Reeves’ shift should be no surprise to true conservatives in Mississippi, and it probably won’t be the last one we will see. He’s a typical politician who is only looking out for his job and his political future. He is unprincipled and cares little for the common man in Mississippi. It’s time to send this selfish little man home next year.