The following comes from a November 4 Cardinal Newman Society article:

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has announced that Common Core architect David Coleman will keynote the association’s annual convention next March in San Diego, California, raising anew concerns that the Catholic association remains devoted to the Common Core standards despite serious concerns about their impact on Catholic schools.

This comes soon after the National Catholic Education Association’s assertion of a “new direction” including “more fulsome advocacy” and “serving as the national voice for Catholic schools,” a role that appears to subvert the leadership of Catholic bishops in advocating and representing diocesan schools. By its own count, more than 1,000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools in America are not represented among the NCEA’s membership.

Coleman, whose connection to Common Core is deceptively omitted from the NCEA bio released for the convention, “played a leading role in the development of the Common Core State Standards” according to his bio at

The Newman Society has documented numerous concerns about the controversial Common Core State Standards and their potential impact on Catholic schools and students through its Catholic is Our Core program.