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Emotion, politics on display at Common Core hearings



There were outraged parents, tea party stalwarts and a man in a Revolutionary War uniform.

“As far as I’m concerned, Common Core is the same as communism,” one attendee said at the Wednesday night meeting in Davie.

“Marxism!” someone shouted from the audience.

The three public hearings on the Common Core State Standards, held last week at the request of Gov. Rick Scott, were intended to let parents, educators and taxpayers in Florida express their opinions on the new national benchmarks for students.

But many of their voices were drowned out by emotional outbursts and political jabs aimed at the federal government.

Read more here.

Also, check out PolitiFact's look at the hearings.


[Last modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:29am]


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