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Florida senator files anti-Common Core bill



A week after the Florida Board of Education affirmed the state's commitment to the Common Core State Standards, a state senator has submitted legislation aiming to stop the standards from taking effect.

Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, filed a bill (SB 1316) that's identical to a measure proposed by Rep. Debbie Mayfield in the House. Mayfield's HB 25 has picked up four of the House's most conservative members as co-sponsors, but has not made any headway during committee weeks despite being assigned to three committees.

Senate leaders have shown even less interest in stopping the Common Core -- now referred to as the Florida Standards after a handful of small changes -- than their counterparts in the House. Senate President Don Gaetz has made clear he doesn't see the standards as a federal conspiracy, and he's had his education chairman make clear that the Senate wants to hear of specific concerns, not overarching accusations or complaints.

Both bills seek to prevent implementation of the Common Core until several public hearings can take place and a financial impact analysis is completed. The DOE recently held several public hearings before adopting the revised standards.

The bills also require Florida to drop out of the PARCC testing consortium, which Florida has already begun doing.

Session begins next week.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2:46pm]


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