Educational programs can be formed and corrupted by: Giving-or-withholding of Federal funds ; And, towards the policies of one Party (I) OR some "Glorious Leader" (eg H).
What most specially seems to be lacking is a scientific pre-testing ("Reliable and valid" and with a "high level of confidence") of "Common Core" by some qualified scientists who have "no ax to grind". [That lack reminds me far too much of the very recent failure of the effectively untested web-site for "Obamacare" and the ongoing unknowns as to its ability to truly deliver insurance-coverage on/after Jan. 1, 2014.]
B Race Based Educational Standards?
G. An Example Of "Common Core"