For the sake of the state's businesses and its economy, Idahoans should embrace Idaho Core Standards. That's not simply the opinion of The Press editorial board. It is an emphatic recommendation from a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization called Idaho Business for Education. Idaho Core Standards is our state's version of Common Core. Idaho Core Standards raises the bar for students to perform better in math and reading, and also provides tools for all those higher expectations to be met. The standards are higher and so is accountability. Unfortunately but probably inevitably, Common Core and Idaho Core Standards became political targets barraged by some legitimate concerns, some misinformation and some outright lies. Initially, 46 states signed on to their versions of the education reform program, but lately - as the November general election creeps closer - several states have abandoned ship before it actually had a chance to sail/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.