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Overriding new chair’s call for delay, Palm Beach County GOP votes to condemn Common Core

by George Bennett | December 12th, 2013

Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee members hold up green cards to vote against delaying consideration of a resolution opposing Common Core.

Disregarding new Chairwoman Anita Mitchell‘s concerns about spooking donors, members of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee voted Wednesday night for a resolution opposing the Common Core education standards championed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.

In her first test of strength as party leader since winning a special election last month, Mitchell told REC members she wanted the anti-Common Core resolution delayed “until we can get some people in here to educate us a little better.” She also said some potential contributors would prefer that the local party not take positions on hot-button issues

“I’m getting also outside feedback from people that we are soliciting to be contributors and they are – it isn’t that they’re for or against – they’re very hesitant with us taking on resolutions like this,” Mitchell said.

“So I have a double role here. One is to make sure that everybody’s heard and it’s fair. But I also have the incredible job of getting our financial health back. So I’m being a little cautious trying to just not quite stir up things that are controversial to people who can give us money.”

That argument didn’t carry much weight with party activists.

“Yours are financial interests. Mine are the future of this country,” said an REC member who said she has four kids and wants to combat “this insanity that comes home in my children’s backpacks.”

After voting to defeat a motion to delay the Common Core vote until February, REC members voted for the resolution expressing the party’s opposition to the national educational standards.

Common Core standards have been championed by Bush and by the National Governor’s Association and are supported by President Barack Obama‘s administration. Some conservatives see the standards as a step toward a federal takeover of education.

14 Responses to “Overriding new chair’s call for delay, Palm Beach County GOP votes to condemn Common Core”

  1. Joe Says:

    It’s good to have standards and a method by which to measure your child’s success against other states student achievements. The party of no just does doesn’t know when to consider the bigger picture and back off. But to that I say “rock on tea party”. You will eventually be the undoing of the Republican Party and will play a large role in causing republicans to loose the house in 2014. If you really want to control what comes home in your child’s back pack then spend the $10K per year on a private education for your conservative little angel. Oh you can’t afford it? Then you don’t have sense enough to know that you have no business being a tea party conservative who pretty much want to end all public funded anything.

  2. Joe Says:

    An interesting observation on the picture attached to the article. About 75% of the people in the gallery are over 65 years old and not likely to have school aged children. Looks like a bunch of like minded activists with nothing better to do with their time than to vote against anything Obama might be in favor of. Sad really…..

  3. Searcher1 Says:

    I see old white people , REALLY OLD white people, two young white girls in the front of the room and three black people in the back of the room. I guess the black people haven’t made it to the front of the bus in GOPland….

  4. Autumn Says:

    We don’t need to compare ourselves with other states. I’m a dem and for once I agree with the GOP. The Feds are not suppose to be involved in the state’s right to determine their own standards.
    Other reasons to not support common core… No research behind them, never field tested, the high- stakes testing that goes along with it, developmentally inappropriate, no teacher ever wrote one standard of common core, shall I go on? Older Americans have every right to speak against poor educational standards. They may be grandparents or even retired teachers. How dare you age discriminate! Further, many minorities, ELLs and ESE students will be harmed by these ill conceived standards. I voted for Obama, but the Race to the Top is a failure as is Arne Duncan and George Bush’s NCLB. Please understand that this is a bipartisan issue . I am opposed to common core! Read Diane Ratvich’s new book, The Reign of Error, and educate yourselves before spouting out such B.S.

  5. really old white people in the gop? Says:

    guess it is not all smooth sailing for anita mitchell, how long before al zacaro shows his snout?

  6. Joe Says:

    Ok Autumn, so you mean that Florida schools should be allowed to continue churning out below average students year after year with no attempt made to rectify the issue? You are obviously a PBC school teacher who thinks you know best how to teach your students and don’t need no stinking feds telling you what to do. For all I know you are a wonderful teacher and perhaps your right. However, for every teacher like you there are at least 50 who don’t care and are just putting in their time waiting to retire with a pension. If this wasn’t a fact we would not be having this conversation and Florida would not be so far behind practically all other states in student developmental achievements. Maybe common core is not the answer but something has to change weather you like it or not. The status quo has failed and your argument that a home grown curriculum and testing system is best is a tired one. I’m not in a position nor am I inclined to, as you say “discriminate” against older people attending whatever public meeting they want to attend. Just making an observation and stating the obvious. I suppose it would be all the same to you if I came to your home community’s association meeting and voted against spending any tax dollars to repair the sewer lines in your neighborhood.. My point was this. It’s easy to advocate for your ideological position when you personally don’t have skin in the game.

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