Scott signs bills triggered by Common Core fight

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Three measures responding to complaints about Florida’s move to Common Core standards have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott on Monday signed a bill (SB 864) that would allow parents to object to school textbooks. The governor also signed a bill that would bar school districts from being able to collect student data like fingerprints. The measure (SB 188) would also bar the collection of information on the political or religious affiliation of students and parents.

Scott also signed a bill that repeals more than 30 mentions of Common Core placed into state law a year ago.

Florida is refusing to jettison standards based primarily on Common Core despite demands from activists and conservative groups. The bills were meant to address concerns that have been raised.