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Bill would require Florida schools have adequate technology before Common Core takes hold



As the Common Core State Standards get put in place Florida, a key concern remains over whether the state's schools can handle the load that new computerized tests will place on them.

Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg has filed legislation that would give the schools some security that they won't be pushed ahead of their readiness.

Senate Bill 1630 would require the state to independently verify schools' "technology infrastructure, connectivity and capacity" are adequate to cope with the Common Core in a sustainable way. Full implementation of the standards and the associated tests would come only after all districts and schools have been tested and deemed ready for success.

Legg has told the Gradebook that he has no intention of stopping the standards from taking place. "This is not a retreat of principle," he said. But the state has a responsibility to be reasonable in the implementation of major change, and it must phase things in properly.

He is not the only lawmaker to question the state's ability to meet a 2014-15 deadline to put CCSS in place. Stay tuned to see whether his bill, which currently has no House companion, or others like it make any headway.

[Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 10:29am]


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