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Florida Board of Education to begin taking up Gov. Rick Scott's Common Core requests



The Florida Board of Education is prepared to follow Gov. Rick Scott's play book on standards and assessments when it meets next week in Tampa.

The board is scheduled to confirm that it will not adopt the Common Core State Standards Appendices, Common Core Sample Performance Tasks, Common Core Samples of Student Writing, and designed high school math courses -- just as Scott asked when he issued his executive order on the subject. Scott spelled out this desire, along with many others, in his letter to board chairman Gary Chartrand.

Those decisions should be left to local school districts, Scott pointed out, in a nod to those who worry about a national takeover of Florida's education system.

The state had never intended to adopt those appendices or other items, and had made clear that curriculum and materials selection would remain local.

The board's action is set to take place just hours before its first of three public forums on the standards, which Scott also requested. Department officials have said they want to hear specific concerns about individual standards, rather than broadside criticisms. Few officials have indicated an intent to move away from the Common Core -- in fact, many at the top levels have said they plan to stick with the Common Core -- although opposition is rising.

Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus is the site of the first hearing, from 5-8 p.m.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:10am]


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