Last chance to comment on Common Core
Florida's department of education will continue taking comments about the new Common Core State Standards until Thursday.
The state has received about 13,000 comments from the public so far. Comments have been collected via a website, email, and three public hearings held earlier this month. State education officials have said that the feedback could be used to "tweak" the standards, which were approved in 2010 and are in use in Florida's schools.
Common Core standards, which are more rigorous than Florida's previous standards, have been adopted by more than 40 states and the District of Columbia. The standards have become increasingly controversial, particularly with Gov. Rick Scott's tea party base. Scott called for the public hearings and public feedback.
All comments received by Thursday will be reviewed. An update will be given to the state Board of Education at its Nov. 19 meeting.
The standards spell out what students should know by grade level. Decisions about what students read and what textbooks are used are made at the local level.
To submit a comment, visit www.flstandards.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.