Common Core Cronyism in Florida

Members of the Appropriations Committee on Education are hugely “invested” in Common Core. Representative Erik Fresen (R-FL District 114) is chair in the Florida House. Fresen was heavily involved in the Florida Race-To-The-Top (RTTT) application, getting federal funding and approval of implementation of Common Core in Florida. The same goes for Senator John Legg (R-FL District 17).

Both of their handprints are all over RTTT and education funding in Florida. Just do a Google search of “RTTT and John Legg” to read multiple news hits. The Education Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education are two separate committees, although some members serve on both. Obviously, those members have to be pushed extremely hard by concerned citizens to stop Common Core in Florida.

Listed below are all the legislators. The Chair & Vice Chair of the Committees; Committee Members; Education Commissioner Stewart and Governor Scott must be called before March.

Florida parents, teachers and concerned citizens may contact committee members and find out if they support HB-25 filed by Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-FL District 54). HB-25 is a bill to stop Common Core in Florida. HB-25 reads:

Public School Curricular Standards and Assessments: Prohibits State Board of Education from continuing to implement common core standards until certain requirements are met; provides requirements for adoption or revision of curricular standards; requires state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state from implementing certain assessments & requires state to adopt & implement new assessments; prohibits state board from entering into certain agreements.

For those interested in contacting the members of these committees their contact information is provided: