As the Common Core standards face mounting opposition in many states, supporters of the standardized math and reading standards are now looking to “rebrand” that “toxic” program. One of the chief advocated for this rebranding mission is none other than former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

The Washington Post reports:

In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They’re keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.

At a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the organizations that helped create the standards, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) urged state education leaders to ditch the “Common Core” name, noting that it had become “toxic.”

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” said Huckabee, now the host of a Fox News talk show and a supporter of the standards.

The Post goes onto say the changes to Common Core will be largely superficial – like assigning a new label to the standards. In Arizona, for example, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to remove the name “Common Core.” In Iowa, the Common Core is now referred to as “The Iowa Core.”

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Huckabee’s comments are particularly strange when you consider the tone of a Facebook post he penned in December:

“…I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts. I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject; I oppose the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and track them and any effort to give that personal information to the federal government. I am steadfast in my belief that parents should ultimately decide the best venue for their children’s education, whether public schools, private schools, religious schools or home-schools. I believe education is a local or state function — not a federal one…”

“Well, that’s fine, Mike, but you can’t say you have dead set against Common Core and then say just rebrand it in a secret meeting,” Glenn concluded. “It’s a problem. Just want to bring that up.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP