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Pittsburgh’s bishop rejects Common Core standards

March 21, 2014

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has assured parents that his diocese will not adopt the educational standards of the “Common Core” program.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has strongly supported the use of the Common Core program, despite concerns that the federal government’s standards could conflict with the Catholic identity of parochial schools. In his message to Pittsburgh parents, Bishop Zubik observed that the NCEA “is not a governing body for Catholic schools.” He assured them: “Our Catholic faith guides the selection of all curricula, goals, textbooks, and other resources.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 21, 2014 8:40 PM ET USA

    Bravo! Finally another bishop has looked into this program (that the NCEA has pushed) and it appears he believes that this is a step backwards. Thanks to the Cardinal Newman Society for addressing this, as well. While $100k is a drop in the bucket for the Gates Foundation, one also has to look at the millions of dollars the foundation has given to Cristo Rey, too.