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Gaetz: Common Core standards 'not some federal conspiracy'



Striking a very different tone than Florida’s Republican governor, Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday dismissed concerns raised by conservative groups that the Common Core State Standards are an example of federal government intrusion.

According to The News Service of Florida, Gaetz was answering questions following his speech before the Economic Club of Florida when he said this about the standards: "You can't dip them in milk and hold them over a candle and see the United Nations flag or Barack Obama's face. They're not some federal conspiracy."

The Republican leader did allow that the standards could be tweaked as a result of recent public input, including a series of public hearings held last month at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott. When calling for the hearings on Sept. 23, Scott cited the "risks for federal intrusion” into the standards, which Florida adopted in 2010.

The state has received thousands of comments on the standards, hearing a wide range of viewpoints. Education commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to update the State Board of Education on the process Nov. 19.

[Last modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 7:35pm]


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