August 30, 2013
Because of all of your hard work and putting relentless pressure on the Florida legislators, Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-District 54, Vero Beach) filed HB25 to put the brakes on Common Core in Florida.
Here is a summary of HB25(Public Schools Curricular Standards and Assessments):
The State Board of Education may not continue to implement the common core standards in English Language Arts and mathematics, adopted by the state board as part of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, until the following occurs:
(a) The state board holds at least one public hearing in each congressional district of the state, with at least one member of the state board in attendance at each hearing, at which public testimony is taken on the implementation of the core standards in the state's public schools.
(b) A fiscal analysis of the projected cost of implementation of the common core standards is presented to the state board. The Department of Education shall contract with an independent entity with expertise in the development, implementation, and assessment of curricular standards to conduct the fiscal analysis.
The State Board of Education may not adopt or revise curricular standards in a manner that would effectively implement the common cores standards until the requirements of subsection are met.
Before adopting or revising curricular standards, the state board must:
(a) Compare the common core standards to other nationally recognized standards of student achievement.
(b) The state board may not adopt common core standards in curricular areas other than English Language Arts and mathematics.
(c) Florida shall withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and may not implement the assessments aligned to the common core standards by the partnership.
(d) The state shall adopt and implement new assessments that provide valid, reliable, and timely testing of student performance.
(e) The State Board of Education may not enter into or renew an agreement that cedes to an outside entity control over curricular standards or assessments.
This is great news, but we can’t rest now, we need House members to co-sponsor HB25 and we need a Senate sponsor for this bill. The political elites trying to shove Common Core down our throats won’t give up easily. Now is the time to double down the pressure on the state politicians, they will try to do as little as possible hoping you will back down. Leadership could very easily bury this bill in committee and may not even be heard or debated. Also, they could add amendments or change the language to this bill and fill it with loopholes that would allow them to implement Common Core while making it look like they were addressing the issue.
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Here is what we need to do:
·Call your state Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB25
·Call your state Senator and ask them to file a companion bill to HB25 in the Senate.
Let your state Representative and Senator know that their support and co-sponsorship of this bill will make your decision on whether you vote for them or NOT in the next election.
Click here to find your state Representative and Senator
·Call Governor Scott and demand he support HB25: (850)[masked]
·Call Speaker Will Weatherford and demand he support HB25: (813)[masked]
·Call Senate President Don Gaetz and demand that a companion bill be filed in the Senate to HB25 and that he will support that bill: (850)[masked]
I am always hesitant to thank politicians too quickly, but in this case I think we should let Representative Mayfield know we appreciate her standing up for parents and children and encourage her to stay strong in defense of this bill:
Representative Debbie Mayfield: (772)[masked]
We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!