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The Lakeland 9-12 Project Message Board › Common Core Action Alert

Common Core Action Alert

Jeffrey S.
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Lakeland, FL
From: Agender Enders
Date: Mar 19, 2014 1:13:24 PM
Subject: Common Core Action Alert
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By John Hallman

I just got back from Tallahassee after meetings with members of the House and Senate Education Committees on the issue of Common Core.

I was amazed that legislators and their staff were all working off the same talking points to sidetrack and confuse those of us opposing Common Core, including the Governor’s office.

After just a couple of meetings, it would have been laughable if weren't so sad that they actually think we will be fooled by their subterfuge.

The Florida Department of Education recently made minor adjustments to Common Core and Rep. Janet Adkins and the K-12 Subcommittee passed a bill (PCB TKS 14-01) , that removes references to Common Core and changes the name to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards or Florida Standards. Remember that last year our Florida legislators redefined the term Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to include Common Core. This is just a change in semantics with no change in implementation.

These actions fall under “they think we are stupid” category.

Despite minor changes to the standards and a new name, Common Core Standards are still moving forward in Florida.

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Fortunately Representative Debbie Mayfield and Senator Greg Evers have filed bills (HB25/SB1316) to stop Common Core in its tracks and require strict criteria to be met before implementing Common Core in the future.

There seems to be a rush to implement standards that will affect millions of Florida students. The lack of transparency of just how Common Core will work is disturbing and Common Core was being implemented while receiving no legislative committee hearings or debate in the Florida Legislature.

Such a huge policy as this should merit a thorough review and public discussion including parents having the time to investigate and ask appropriate questions.

Please take action, the politicians in Tallahassee want to bury this bill and let the clock run out on the session. Let them know that you are not fooled by a name change; Common Core is still being implemented.


*HB25 is currently in the Education Appropriations Subcommittee waiting to be heard. Call Erik Fresen, Chair of this Committee and tell him you want HB25 scheduled for a hearing:

Erik Fresen (850) 717-5114[/url]

Also call House Education Chair, Representative Marlene O’Toole and tell her to support HB25.

Marlene O’Toole (850) 717-5033[/url]

*SB1316 is currently in Education Committee waiting to be heard. Call John Legg, Chair of this Committee and tell him you want HB1316 scheduled for a hearing:

John Legg (850) 487-5017[/url]

*It is also crucial that we urge leadership to get on board to support HB25/SB1316:

Senate President Don Gaetz (850) 487-5229[/url]

House Speaker Will Weatherford (850) 717-5038[/url]

Governor Rick Scott (850) 717-9337[/url]

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