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Pasco County School Board plans Common Core workshop



Never mind the political squabbles going on in Tallahassee.

The Pasco County school district is moving full bore ahead with its Common Core State Standards implementation. On Tuesday, the staff will conduct a workshop for School Board members to get updates and added information about the facts behind the standards.

Don't expect any vocal opposition.

"We completely support the Common Core," assistant superintendent Amelia Larson told the Gradebook.

School Board chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong said she had heard only positive feedback from teachers and staff, and she looked forward to receiving details from the administration to share with people who raise questions.

"Until we hear differently from the state, we are obligated to go full steam ahead with the Common Core standards," Armstrong said.

Gov. Rick Scott has called for public hearings over the next month to review the standards and see if any changes are needed. Florida Rep. Debbie Mayfield has filed legislation to delay implementation, although Senate leaders have signaled such a bill won't have much chance in their chamber.

Few residents have come forth to publicly criticize the Common Core during Pasco board meetings. A few have sent angry e-mails to superintendent Kurt Browning and some board members, though. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 12:29pm]


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