According to Cheryl Etters, Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Education, “The Florida State Board of Education voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in July 2010. The Florida Department of Education strongly supports the full implementation of CCSS in the 2014-15 school year and is focused on providing local districts the support needed for a successful transition to Common Core.”
Jeffrey S. Solochek, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times reports, “Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, has filed a bill that seeks to pull Florida out of the PARCC testing consortium, which the state has led since its inception. She also aims to halt participation in the Common Core standards, which Florida schools are in the midst of implementing, until the state holds at least one hearing on the subject in every congressional district, and conducts a fiscal analysis of the implementation.”
“The cost [to Florida] approached $100 million in the spring, with testing and other expenses still incomplete,” notes Solochek.
Governor Rick Scott was in Orlando last week to address the Americans For Prosperity 7th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit. Near the end of his prepared remarks he addressed education in Florida. At that point the shouts to “stop Common Core” became louder and louder. At one point the entire room of over 1,000 attendees began to applaud those heckling Governor Scott about Common Core.
Please watch Governor Scott’s remarks at the AFP summit. At 15:30 minutes into his talk he mentions education, at that point the heckling against Common Core began:
Governor Scott is up for reelection in 2014. Will he stop Common Core as the grassroots is demanding or will he go along with the Florida Board of Education and push its implementation?