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Debate continues for Common Core

Florida governor remains undecided

Ashley Montgomery | 10/10/2013, 9 a.m.
The back and forth debates of how the national Common Core standards should be established are still going strong. From ...
Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

The back and forth debates of how the national Common Core standards should be established are still going strong. From aggressive tea party groups to conservative moms, people are speaking out about a bill that could halt Florida’s involvement in the Common Core standards.

The Common Core standards outline what students should know at each grade level and were created by the National Governors Association. So far the standards have been approved in 45 states, including Florida and the District of Columbia.

More than 30 tea party members and parent organizations made their way to the nation’s capitol last Wednesday to lobby against benchmarks that are already being implemented into schools throughout the State of Florida.

In contrast, the Obama administration and former Republican Governor Jeb Bus [Florida] support the Common Core.

They believe that the new standards will ensure that students nationwide receive a high-quality education. FL Governor Rick Scott remains ambiguous on his position. Last Monday, he signed an executive order calling for three public hearings and new safeguards for student data. He continues to say that he opposes “federal intrusion,” and believes that higher standards will “pay off in a global economy.”

Miami native and community advocate, Doretha Nichson, 80, believes that the teachers and administration of Miami-Dade County Public Schools should be able to have more control.

“It’s politics that needs to get out of education,” she said. “National requirements would ensure that students are getting the kind of education necessary to succeed.”

According to Nichson, parents and teachers with whom she has spoken, believe that the Common Core is good for students, However, its implementation should be left to local school districts to make sure that policies and practices meet the standards.

“A national standard is the reasonable thing to do,” she said. “We are a mobile society and so employers across the nation need to be able to rely on the fact that if you have a high school diploma that means you have acquired the basic academic skills, no matter from what state you may have graduated.”