Bill to end Common Core filed in Senate

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A Senate action filed Wednesday mirrors an earlier House bill that seeks to end Florida’s use of the Common Core academic standards.

The Senate bill (SB 1316) and its House mate (HB 25) try to stop the standards by requiring the State Board of Education to meet certain requirements before moving forward with the English and math targets, as well as specifically prohibiting the board from carrying out Common Core in any other subjects.

It is not clear if the bills, filed by Republicans Sen. Greg Evers and Rep. Debbie Mayfield will proceed any further in the Legislature.

The Florida Board of Education, in an endeavor to clarify what students should learn in each grade, approved amendments to the guidelines earlier this month. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart also wants Common Core now called “Florida standards.”

Common Core initiatives, promoted by the Obama Administration, began as a project organized by a collaborative effort between governors and school leaders throughout the country, but provoked a backlash — primarily by conservative activists fearing it to be a federal attempt to take control of education.

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