Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged to eliminate all “vestiges of the Common Core” from Florida’s education system.
He even issued an executive order to make it so.
For the past several months, teams of educators have worked to revise the state’s K-12 English-language arts and math standards to get to DeSantis’ goal.
The second draft is out, and now the Department of Education wants to hear what you think about it.
The department has announced nine public hearings across the state, from Oct. 7-23, including one on Oct. 17 at Jefferson High School, 4401 W. Cypress Street in Tampa.
Residents will have the opportunity to talk about specific standards, and what they like or don’t like about them, as well as what they would want to see in the academic expectations for children in the public schools.
Early written responses to the proposals have shown the strongest response so far has been that most Floridians see no need to change the standards.
But DeSantis made his pledge early to attack the Common Core, which has come under withering criticism from many conservatives who consider it a federal curriculum being forced on states. The Common Core, though advocated by some federal leaders and promoted through the now defunct Race to the Top, was the creation of the national governors association and adopted by states.
It also did not mandate any curriculum.
Gov. Rick Scott had similar inclinations to get away from the model during his tenure, too. He withdrew Florida from a national testing organization associated with Common Core, even as the state was a leader in that initiative, and also held hearings across the state to consider revisions the standards.
That time around, the state made only minor changes to the expectations, and changed the name.
The Department of Education has planned to deliver its proposal to the governor by the end of December, with an eye toward legislative review and final Florida Board of Education approval in the spring. Revisions to other subject areas, including civics education, are expected to follow.