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Anti-Common Core activists hold out hope for new Florida legislation



Sen. Greg Evers' decision to file a bill to stop the Common Core in Florida has encouraged Core opponents who had begun to lose hope in the wake of the State Board of Education's move to maintain the standards with a few small amendments.

Laura Zorc, co-founder of Florida Parents Against Common Core, quickly issued a statement in support after the bill emerged Wednesday.

"Senator Evers and Representative (Debbie) Mayfield are to be commended for their tenacity to stand up for the children in our state," Zorc wrote. "We are in a 3 week crunch to get these bills heard and through the education committees. Expected resistance from these education committee members is expected over the next few weeks.  However, we ask for the committees to be respectful to our concerns and allow the bills to be heard. 

"The parents, and now the superintendents and Florida PTA have called for a minimum 3 year 'pause' to the implementation of the standards and testing. It is unclear why this administration is blatantly ignoring our unified concerns and unclear why they seem to be the only ones in favor of a rush when much is at stake."

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition also sent out a "red alert" urging people to thank Evers, stating on its Twitter feed that  "if the government wins this battle, none of our children are safe."

Education blogger Bob Sikes, meanwhile, speculated that the legislation isn't dead on arrival despite leadership opposition to ending Florida's involvement in the Common Core.

"Evers is one the  influential independent “Senate Six” republicans," Sikes wrote on his blog. "He voted against senate leadership on Parent Trigger last year and Prison Privatization in 2012. While senate leadership doesn’t have an interest in stopping Common Core, its highly unlikely that Evers would be filing a bill that’s DOA."

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:33pm]


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