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Standards put Scott in a political pickle



With their bill to suspend Florida's new education benchmarks stalled in the Legislature, opponents of the Common Core State Standards are pursuing a new strategy.

They are turning the heat up on Gov. Rick Scott.

Last Sunday, about 80 members of the group Florida Parents Against Common Core protested outside a private fundraiser for Scott on Jupiter Island. Members of another group, Stop Common Core Florida, traveled to Tallahassee on Thursday to meet with Scott's top education adviser, they said.

What's more, the Republican Party of Florida's Legislative Affairs Committee issued a formal resolution last month, urging Scott to take executive action against the standards.

"It's time for Rick Scott to listen to the people," said Chris Quackenbush, a grandmother and businesswoman who drove from Fort Myers to Tallahassee on Thursday to make her point."How does he expect to win reelection without his base?"

Indeed, the continuing controversy over the standards puts Scott in a political pickle. 

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[Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:31pm]


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