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Republicans Have Made Up Their Minds About Common Core

The national Republican fight over Common Core math and language arts standards is over, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others supporting the standards have lost. That’s the conclusion of Vox writer Libby Nelson, based on a new Pew Research Center poll from last week. Pew Research Center data […]

This Week In Education Polling: The Politics Of Common Core

Two new national polls reach differing conclusions about the public’s support for Common Core math and language arts standards adopted by Florida and 43 other states. But both polls provide evidence for the idea that Common Core is more popular among swing voters in the political middle. A University of Connecticut polls finds just two […]

Why Florida Parents Want To Opt Their Kids Out Of State Tests

Last week Gov. Rick Scott delivered an $8.5 million check to Hillsborough County schools earning good marks on the state’s grading formula. Those grades depend a lot on student FCAT scores. So Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia took a moment pump up students at West Tampa’s Graham Elementary School before this week’s testing. “Next week you’re […]

Common Core Opponents Seeking Special Legislative Session

A coalition of groups opposing Florida’s use of new math and language arts standards say they will try to force the Legislature to call a special session to address two bills which would put the standards on hold. The gambit is a long shot. Twenty percent of the Legislature must call for the special session, […]

New York Parents Organize Movement Against Common Core Tests

The civil disobedience taking place during New York’s statewide testing season may offer a preview of what’s to come when Florida unveils new Common Core-tied tests next year. This is the second year New York has used a home-grown test to assess its Common Core standards. The protests started last year and seem to be […]

Bush Foundation Promoting Common Education Standards Online, On Air

The education foundation founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has launched a new web site and advertising campaign to support the Common Core math and language arts standards facing criticism in many states. The campaign by the Foundation For Excellence in Education is called “Learn More. Go Further.” The web site features videos of […]

Conversation About Florida Standards Changing As Legislative Session Begins

Sondra Hulette and her granddaughter joined dozens of anti-Common Core protestors as they circled a fountain outside the Orange County school district offices last month. Inside the building, the State Board of Education was about to rename Common Core as “The Florida Standards.” But outside, Hulette and others chanted “Stop Common Core!” “Keep education local!” […]

State Board Tweaks Standards Despite Objections

The State Board of Education approved changes to the state’s K-12 standards that keeps calculus and cursive writing, and clarifies and adjusts when some standards are taught. The board approved the changes despite dozens of parents and activists asking the board to rescind the standards. The vote marks another –possibly final — transformation for Florida’s […]

Despite Changes, Florida Still Keeping The Core of Common Standards

Gov. Rick Scott wants you to believe that additions proposed this week will mean big changes to the Common Core State Standards Florida adopted along with 44 other states. It’s what he told Republican activists at an Orlando gathering Saturday, according to the News Service of Florida: “Here’s what we’re going to ensure: These are […]

Florida Activists Not Satisfied With Proposed Common Core Changes

POST UPDATED: Monday the Florida Department of Education unveiled a list of suggested changes to the state’s K-12 language arts, literacy and math standards. The changes add (or keep, really) calculus and cursive writing; they soften some elementary school requirements; and they clarify many objectives for teachers. “With your input, we have strengthened our standards […]

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