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Pasco school board to Gov. Rick Scott: Keep the Common Core



For the past several months, Pasco County school district officials have made clear their support for the Common Core State Standards. Superintendent Kurt Browning has sent letters to Tallahassee leaders pushing the initiative. School Board members have repeated their backing at meetings and workshops.

With the public comment period on the standards ending, and education commissioner Pam Stewart expected to make recommendations for possible changes at the next State Board of Education meeting, the School Board wanted to take an official position.

So on Tuesday, the board will consider adopting a resolution supporting the standards. The measure, which board members requested, attacks many of the frequent criticisms -- Common Core is not a federal mandate, the document notes, nor is it a curriculum. 

"The CCSS create consistent learning goals for all students regardless of where they live or go to school, assuring parents that their children are learning the same rigorous academic standards as other students across Florida and across the country," the resolution states in one of its whereas clauses.

It then urges the governor and lawmakers to "remain steadfast in their support of the state's continued participation in the CCSS."

So far, just one House bill has been filed seeking to pull Florida away from the standards. Senators have kept their distance, saying they want to hear specific concerns rather than general complaints about the Common Core. But Scott, facing reelection, has walked away from his support and urged the Board of Education and commmissioner to join him. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:50am]


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