Conservatives will be pleased to hear that the Trump administration has announced that it is withdrawing from the Common Core State Standards initiative.
The announcement comes as the Trump Education Department was trying to secure federal funding to implement the Common Standards Initiative (CSIs).
The move, announced on Tuesday, means that states can no longer use the Common standards for educational purposes.
While the announcement is a disappointment, it should not come as a surprise.
Common Core is the latest federal effort to push Common Core onto states.
The Obama administration set up the program in the hopes of expanding access to high-quality education for low-income children.
In 2014, Congress appropriated $2 billion to help implement the standards, but a few years later Congress approved a budget that did not include money to implement them.
The new president, meanwhile, has vowed to take a more active role in crafting Common Core.
The Trump administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
That could mean that the new president will have little to no say in the rollout of the standards.
It also could mean a return to a more adversarial relationship between the federal government and state and local governments.
The federal government has a long history of making concessions to states over the Common Alliance, including in education funding.
Under President Obama, the federal Department of Education gave states more flexibility in administering the standards and provided more money for states to spend on teacher preparation programs.
In recent years, though, states have complained that federal mandates were undermining their ability to make good-quality public schools.
In 2012, the Education Department issued a report on how the Common Balanced Curriculum and Assessment Standards had not increased school readiness, even though states had spent millions on teacher certification programs and teachers were learning more and more from textbooks.
It said that the standards had not changed school climate or student outcomes, and had resulted in “substantial inequities.”