School’s back in session and with it comes a plethora of articles, commentaries and blogs about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s a “hot topic” — current enough so that discussions about the pros and cons of the CCSS have made it to the presidential campaign trail. The CCSS are strongly supported by President Obama and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. However, new divisions are emerging in the Republican Party on whether the CCSS are viewed as a state-led, bipartisan effort to improve learning outcomes nationwide. We may see more political fallout around CCSS as we approach Election Day.