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Should districts send out Common Core information to parents?



It's not just the Florida Senate leadership that wants conversation about the Common Core State Standards to be based on facts, and not innuendo.

Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education, which staunchly supports implementing the Core, wants the word out, too. And it has reached out to the Pasco school district for an assist.

Foundation executive director Patricia Levesque has sent Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning 30 weeks' worth of Common Core communications, including links, that the district might share with parents. The messages focus on such things as the difference between standards and curriculum, and why the Common Core standards are "so important."

"You can remove our logo – we don’t want any credit for the communications," Levesque wrote in her e-mail to Browning. "Your principals/guidance counselors can reword them to fit however they would like to communicate with parents."

Browning and his team have repeatedly stressed their backing of the Common Core for the district. Many of the videos and documents that Levesque recommended already have appeared on district websites and social media pages. The district has not committed to weekly messages to parents at this point, though.

Should the district be providing such information? Or in the political atmosphere that finds Common Core in the crosshairs, is it better to let the politicians fight it out first?

[Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 11:12am]


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