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Friday, September 20, 2013

Common Core Web Vote. Should Governor Scott Issue Executive Order to Address Controversy?

Is this the beginning of the end of this trio's blueprint for education?

From the Miami Herald and Gov. Rick Scott considering executive action to address Common Core controversy:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is considering an executive order to address growing controversy over the Common Core State Standards.

Scott provided few details Wednesday, but hinted that the order would involve the new tests aligned to the education standards.

Florida was planning to use national exams created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. But Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have said Florida should develop its own plan for testing. 

“PARCC is too expensive and it takes too long,” Scott said. “So I’m looking at a variety of things, whether it’s an executive order, some administrative and some legislative, to try to fix that.”

Scott also said he would try to address what he called “too much federal involvement” — an overture to tea party groups who consider the new benchmarks and tests an example of federal overreach.

Read more here.  You may also register your vote.

It's too bad there the governor isn't considering an outright ban on further implementation of the standards.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/18/3635556/gov-rick-scott-considering-executive.html#storylink=cpy
Here are the current results as of 1:38 PM EST (9.20.13):

WEB VOTE Gov. Rick Scott first backed Common Core education standards, approved by 45 states including Florida, but now says he might use an executive order to change course. Is he right?
Yes 192
No 142
Total Votes:  334

Your vote has been counted, thank you for voting. 
Jeb Bush is NOT happy:
Bush, who has been a national advocate for the standards, confronted criticism of Common Core during an appearance in Washington, blasting it as “purely political.”

“If you’re comfortable with mediocrity, fine,” Bush said. “I’m not.”

He appeared at the National Press Club in support of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who decried a U.S. Department of Justice threat against his state’s school voucher program.

Bush’s comments came as backlash to the Common Core standards has swelled, putting him in an awkward spot as a number of Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio included, have joined the opposition.

Bush did not mask frustration Wednesday, saying higher standards need to be embraced.

“There are a lot of people that believe that somehow this is a national takeover of what is the domain of local and state governments ...” he said. “But in fact these are 45 states that have voluntarily come together to create fewer, higher, deeper standards that, when you benchmark them to the best of the world, they are world class. I’m for that. I’m not for the politics of education. I tire from the politics of education.”

He went on: “The fight about Common Core is political. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have huge swaths of the next generation of Americans that can’t calculate math. They can’t read. Their expectations in their own lives are way too low. And we’re not going to be able to sustain this extraordinarily exceptional country unless we challenge every basic assumption on how we do things.

“There is a lot of heat right now,” he added. “But the simple fact is, no one can defend the lower standards that we have across this country.” 

How many fallacies can you spot in Jeb Bush's rhetoric?  This not so much political as it is a pushback on elites directing/developing public education.  This new talking point of the CCSS fight being political is nonsense.  

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/18/3635556/gov-rick-scott-considering-executive.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/18/3635556/gov-rick-scott-considering-executive.html#storylink=cpy

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