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Don't kill the Core, Pasco School Board tells governor and lawmakers



With little fanfare, the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday adopted a resolution backing the Common Core State Standards and urging Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers to follow suit.

Board members have remained steadfast in their support of the standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010, even as discontent has grown in some circles including Gov. Rick Scott's base.

Only member Steve Luikart raised the hint of a concern during the board's brief discussion, saying that the district would need to remain cautious so it doesn't get stuck with unexpected but connected requirements that might come down the road.  "Just be prepared of what’s coming down the pike in a year or two that’s attached to it," Luikart said, adding quickly that he was "fully supportive" of the resolution and the standards.

The state recently conducted public hearings and received online comments about the standards, as it prepares to consider possible adjustments. The State Board meets on Nov. 19, where commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to make recommendations.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:44am]


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