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Tampa to host one of Gov. Scott's hearings on education standards



The Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus will host one of three public hearings called by Gov. Rick Scott to collect Floridians' views on the Common Core State Standards.

The hearing is scheduled to run from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the college's Student Services Building auditorium, Room 111. Hearings are set for the following two nights at Broward College in Davie and Tallahassee Community College.

Scott proposed these meetings in his recent executive order aimed at refashioning the state's participation in the Common Core and related testing. He acted after holding a summit of leaders that he did not attend, where participants discussed ways to improve the state's accountability system.

The Common Core has come under fire from some grassroots groups, including the governor's tea party base. Once a supporter of the Common Core, Scott lately has stopped stating his position on the standards.

Many leaders in his party, including his appointees to the State Board of Education, as well as legislative leaders, have reaffirmed their support of the Common Core. They have allowed for some wiggle room, however, by calling for people with concerns to point out specific problems within the standards that might be tweaked.

People who cannot attend the public forums still can submit their views to the Department of Education via e-mail to or by visiting the department's website.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:39pm]


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