Gov. Bob Wise comments to Northwest Arkansas News on Common Core State StandardsFormer West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a leading supporter of Common Core from the beginning, said the standards were written under the umbrella of the governors association and the council of school officers. Neither the governors organization nor the school officers group has ties to the federal Education Department except as watchdogs, Wise said. He added last week the talk of uniform standards began nearly 30 years ago when George H.W. Bush was president. "Common Core came out of the states coming together," Wise said.