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Friday, December 19, 2014


Here is a 32 second video of David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama introducing the actual architect and implementer of Common Core, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a 2013 University of Illinois discussion of the Common Core.1  

Axelrod states what has been subsequently irrefutably documented to be true. “Common Core is an initiative of the Obama Administration.”  After the introduction Secretary Duncan make no effort to correct Axelrod’s claim and in fact goes on to discuss the huge scope of what Common Core really is.2

In an April 24, 2013 memorandum North Dakota Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Kirsten Baesler stated that:

“Common Core is not “ObamaCore,” as some suggest. The truth is that the idea of Common Core State Standards was well underway before he took office in 2009.” 3

This statement raises the question of:

Are the “Standards” all there is to the Common Core as promulgated in North Dakota through the leadership of Governor Dalrymple, Superintendent Baesler, Representative Nathe, and Senator Flakoll, among others?

It seems important to consider that it is possible that just because an idea was “well underway before” does not prove that the Obama Administration did not latch onto the set of standards and then created something quite a bit more comprehensive and all encompassing related to those standards.

Then there is the official statement of the Bismarck School District that as the district’s leader, Superintendent Tamara Uselman, must reflect her position that:

“Myth: The Common Core is the federal takeover of education; it should be called Obamacore.

Truth: The Obama administration wasn’t involved in writing the Common Core, nor is it a federal mandate, though the President does support these standards.” 4

Did the Obama administration have to write the Common Core for it to be their initiative? Did pumping billions of dollar into states that were in desperate financial conditions with the requirement that the states adopt the only standards that met the administrations criteria to qualify for those moneys make Common Core an Obama administration initiative? Since then, the Obama administration has repeatedly threatened financial retribution to those states that choose to exit Common Core and leaving the federally supervised consortia to create their own different standards. Not a federal mandate? Coercion/Punishment?


While the Obama administration did not write the Common Core they spent 4.6 billion to put it in place. The Obama administration provided over 370 million dollars to two, so called testing consortia, that seemingly materialized out of the nowhere. The Obama administration wrote the specifications of what the consortia were to do to meet the requirements for the grants of “free money” provided by the administration. The Obama administration have personnel monitoring and directing the activities of the consortia. It may seem an incredible revelation to the North Dakota supporters of the Common Core State Standards but guess what? The Federal government NEVER gives away money without the recipients doing exactly what is required and without strings attached. NEVER.

Is this a false flag deception by Superintendents Baesler and Uselman? Is the deception that all there is to Common Core is “the standards?” Why do the proponents never acknowledge the scope of the structure that the Obama administration required to be put in place for Common Core? That Obama did not write the Common Core Standards somehow only a supporter? It is this writer’s observation that this may be a purposeful, and with foreknowledge, deception.

Here are some important question that you, for the sake of clarification might want to ask the most visible supporters and promoters of the whole Common Core affair:


David Axelrod claims that Common Core is the Obama Administration’s initiative.  Is that true?

What was North Dakota’s direct involvement in the design and creation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to which our state is now legally bound?

Where is Governor Jack Dalrymple on any of this? Why is he silent? Why, when you call his office are you shunted off to DPI?


Superintendent Baesler            (701) 328-2260                       (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Superintendent Uselman         (701) 323-4054                       (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Rep. Nathe (ND House Education Chairman)                        (701)  319-1500          (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 Flakoll (ND Senate Education Chairman)                 (701) 367-5954             (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Governor Dalrymple                                                            (701) 328-2200            (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



1.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yaFHo_pRyg

2.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyjZ_A2faWU

3.      http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/news/2013/CCSS4-24-13.pdf

4.      http://www.bismarck.k12.nd.us/uploads/resources/28200/common-core-info-&-faqs.pdf

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