Common Core opponents airing views to combat Bush effortby John Kennedy | September 19th, 2013
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and his allies are fighting back against those criticizing Common Core, the new nationwide testing standard.
But, like the Bush forces, opponents also are turning to the media to get their message out.
Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, who has introduced aimed at ending the state’s involvement in Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), testing that would measure how students meet the new standard.
Mayfield this week began distributing an Op-Ed to newspapers in which she writes:
“Any state that adopts this national standard willingly cedes a portion of its educational authority; shifting authority and control from the state to this national scheme. And what does the state get in return?
“Common Core proponents argue the benefit is increased educational standards and the expectation of improved student achievement. When I looked into this claim I found it lacking. In fact, after thoroughly analyzing the standards contained in Common Core it is clear to me that Florida gives up much more than it gains by adopting these national standards.”
Gov. Rick Scott has met with Bush about Common Core, which is on track to be fully implemented in Florida schools during the 2014-15 year. Scott has supported the standard in the past, but has said little publicly in recent weeks about the rising pressure for Florida to back away from Common Core.
This week, Scott covered all bases by saying the state’s path will be decided either by the Legislature, Board of Education, or possibly his own executive order.