Hernando County school board members talked about new education standards known as Common Core Tuesday, and they don’t like what they see. One member said Common Core is a warmed-over idea that has been tried before.
Among their biggest concerns: financial constraints, loss of local control and the possibility of excessive testing.
School Board member Cynthia Moore said she didn’t feel education standards should be determined at the national level.
“What’s important to Florida is not important to Arkansas or Mississippi,” she said. Even different parts of Florida have different priorities, she added.
Board member Gus Guadagnino said he was bothered by a system that focuses too much on competing globally and not locally.
“My thing is how about we educate our children in a way that we can build our community,” he said. “Nothing else is going to build your community better than a good workforce, which comes out of your school system.”