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Conservative claim victory in Scott's Common Core decision



One day after Gov. Rick Scott directed state education officials to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the Republican Party of Sarasota County called the action "a conservative victory in education."

Chairman Joe Gruters said the measure would "make the Florida K-12 education system one of the best in the nation."

"It is also a big win for conservative principles," he added. "Elimination of the PARCC assessment, executive orders to eliminate data mining in our schools, blocking federal intrusion and the commitment to raise Florida’s standards even higher all prove that he was listening to the people of Florida both during the Educational Summit that was held last month and from people across the state who were opposing the new Common Core Standards with the PARCC Assessments."

The Sarasota County Republican Party has been a vocal opponent of the new national benchmarks and the accompanying tests. They aren't alone. Earlier this month, Miami-Dade’s Republican Party voted overwhelmingly to oppose the standards, saying they represent an “inappropriate overreach” by the federal government.

Scott did not dismiss the Common Core standards Monday. But he did order Florida to pull out of the multi-state PARCC consortium, and move forward with its own plan for student assessments instead.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11:50am]


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