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Hernando School Board to host workshop on Common Core



In response to numerous questions and concerns about the new Common Core State Standards, the Hernando County School Board will host an informational discussion at its next workshop.

School Board Chairman Matt Foreman said he called for the discussion “a few months back” to inform parents about the curriculum and clear up misconceptions from some of the opponents.

“There has been some push-back,” Foreman said. “Some of it is warranted. Some of it is the result of inaccuracies.”

The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the school district’s main office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville.

The discussion will be led by district staffers. Foreman said there will be time to take questions and address concerns.

In Florida, tea party and some conservative groups have mounted a strong opposition to the national standards, saying the federal government should stay out of decisions about teaching and learning.

The Common Core standards outline what is expected of students at each grade level. They do not include suggestions for books or how teachers should plan their lessons. The benchmarks, established by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers, have been approved in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Information from Times files was used in this report.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:04pm]


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