The Columbus Dispatch, published by a donor to Republican Governor John Kasich, continues advocating for the Common Core State Standards in both opinion and news coverage.
A coalition including the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio State Board of Education, and Ohio Chamber of Commerce is fighting to defend Common Core with help from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers opposes new standards for union members which is a key to a $40 million education grant from the Gates Foundation.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are calling for either a UPenn professor or a local pastor to fill the empty seat on the School Reform Commission. Both send their kids to private schools.
A think tank that is defending controversial new education standards received funding to create materials and expert testimony that could sway policymakers and the public about those standards.