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Public forum on Common Core comes to Tampa

Published Oct. 15, 2013

TAMPA — The first of three public forums on education requirements called the Common Core State Standards will be Tuesday night in Tampa.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. in Room 111 of the Student Services Building at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd.

Florida is among more than 40 states that have adopted Common Core, which is more complex and rigorous than the state's current standards for students.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the public forums amid outcry, primarily from his tea party base, that Common Core is inappropriate for a variety of reasons.

Once a supporter of the standards, which former Gov. Jeb Bush has championed, Scott lately has refused to offer his opinion on them and has raised the prospect that they could lead to "federal government intrusion into our classrooms."

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has called for anyone with questions or concerns about the standards to provide details so the department can consider whether to tweak them.

That's the expectation at this week's hearings, which also will be held in Broward County and Tallahassee.

Anyone who wants to participate will be asked to fill out a speaker card and will be called in order. The education department has not set a time limit for each speaker, saying that the length will depend on how many people show up.

The public also may submit comments on the state website,, or via email to