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Common Core was invented by 45 state governors to raise educational standards for math and reading while maintaining local control. But, when Washington stepped in with monetary incentives, red-state conservatives saw federal control and denounced Common Core as “Obamacore.” Now would-be GOP presidential candidates are lining up on both sides, and some blue-state progressives are also opposed for what they call “over-testing.” We’ll update the movement to “repeal and replace” Common Core.

Also, the Islamic State publishes a new video of a captured Jordanian pilot burned to death, and Google enters the ride-sharing war.

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New IS Video Shows Jordanian Pilot Burned to Death 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A video published online by the so-called Islamic State claims to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive. President Obama responded, "Should in fact this video be authentic, it's just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization".

Jordan has confirmed the pilot’s death, and a spokesman has promised “punishment and revenge.” Rukmini Callimachi covers Islamic extremism for the New York Times.

Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (@rcallimachi)

Common Core: The Obamacare of the Classroom? 34 MIN, 54 SEC

Common Core standards for math and reading were adopted by 45 governors, but they’ve since become a political football. Anne Hyslop is a policy analyst at the non-profit Bellwether Education Partners who’s been tracking the backlash for foundations, school districts and other interested parties.

Florida’s former Governor Jeb Bush is one potential Republican candidate who has not backed down on support for Common Core. Here’s an apparent challenge from Texas Senator Ted Cruz: "If you say you oppose Common Core, show me where you where you stood up and fought." Meanwhile, Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich is a full-throated supporter of Common Core: "Barack Obama doesn't set it, the state of Ohio doesn't set it. It is local school boards driving better education, higher standards, created by local school boards... Part of the problem is today politicians are running to try and to get votes."

Jeannie Metcalf is a 20 year veteran of the school board in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She’s also co-chair of a commission created by the state legislature to “review and replace” Common Core.

Anne Hyslop, Bellwether Education Partners (@afhyslop)
Jeannie Metcalf, Republican school board member for Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Michael Petrilli, Thomas Fordham Foundation (@MichaelPetrilli)
Anya Kamenetz, NPR (@anya1anya)

Google, Uber and the Ridesharing Wars 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The ride-sharing service Uber is said to be worth $40 billion, but local regulations, pending lawsuits and organized taxi drivers are threats to its global expansion plans. Now comes an even bigger tech titan—Google, a friendly investor with competitive plans.

Google’s investment wing, Google Ventures, has poured millions into Uber, and Google’s chief legal officer sits on Uber’s board of directors. But now the companies may be on a collision course. Brad Stone is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. He’s also author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.

Brad Stone, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@BradStone)

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