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Common Core foes keep pressure up in Florida



Opponents of Florida's move to full implementation of the Common Core state standards continue to fight against the initiative, as state lawmakers renew their conversation about education accountability leading to their 2014 session.

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition has been using its website and Twitter feed to bolster state Rep. Debbie Mayfield's HB 25, in hopes that it will gain traction despite many leaders' comments that the measure won't move. Stop Common Core Florida, another organization, meanwhile is airing ads opposing the standards in a few Florida markets, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

In another move, the coalition also is encouraging supporters to fill out Mayfield's latest online issue survey, which asks whether respondents support adopting Common Core, as well as if they back giving school vouchers to all students.

That connection is the subject of a new Politico report detailing the broader plans of some of the anti-Common Core strategists -- to use anger against the standards as a wedge that stirs a campaign for other education issues, such as vouchers and teacher tenure:

"A draft action plan by the advocacy group FreedomWorks lays out the effort as a series of stepping stones: First, mobilize to strike down the Common Core. Then push to expand school choice by offering parents tax credits or vouchers to help pay tuition at private and religious schools. Next, rally the troops to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Then it’s on to eliminating teacher tenure.

"'This is going to be a huge campaign,' said Whitney Neal, the group’s director of grass-roots activism. She plans to kick it off within weeks with a series of videos that will 'connect the dots' between killing Common Core and enacting other conservative priorities."

Read the rest of the Politico story here. Read more about Florida and other states dealing with Common Core fallout from Education Week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:54am]


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