Anti-Common Core Bill Now Has Sponsor in Florida Senate


Northwest Florida Sen. Greg Evers (R-Milton) filed a senate version today of Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach)  bill which prohibits the state BOE from implement  Common Core Standards. From Jeff Solochek in Gradebook:

A week after the Florida Board of Education affirmed the state’s commitment to the Common Core State Standards, a state senator has submitted legislation aiming to stop the standards from taking effect.

Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, filed a bill (SB 1316) that’s identical to a measure proposed by Rep. Debbie Mayfield in the House. Mayfield’s HB 25 has picked up four of the House’s most conservative members as co-sponsors, but has not made any headway during committee weeks despite being assigned to three committees.

Senate leaders have shown even less interest in stopping the Common Core — now referred to as the Florida Standards after a handful of small changes — than their counterparts in the House. Senate President Don Gaetz has made clear he doesn’t see the standards as a federal conspiracy, and he’s had his education chairman make clear that the Senate wants to hear of specific concerns, not overarching accusations or complaints.

Evers is one the  influential independent “Senate Six” republicans. He voted against senate leadership on Parent Trigger last year and Prison Privatization in 2012. While senate leadership doesn’t have an interest in stopping Common Core, its highly unlikely that Evers would be filing a bill that’s DOA. With the tide moving against Core in red states all over the country, pressure is beginning to mount against the few republicans supporters who take far too many marching orders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Anti-Common Core Bill Now Has Sponsor in Florida Senate

  1. Carl Waldron says:

    “Education chairman make clear that the Senate wants to hear of specific concerns,”
    Let’s see; little to no input by the citizens of Florida (1,900 folks commented state wide….apathy because most parents don’t understand the impact on their children…..yet), circumvents the constitutional purpose of the local School Board’s duties, makes it difficult for local schools to resolve curriculum issues in a timely manner (and there are issues), it takes away from the concept that schools are a function of a community…..parents, taxpayers, businesses, etc (not a state level bureaucracy), takes the focus of legislators away from the main issues that communities are having in provided a world class education for all students, whether they be or part of; poor,physical and mental disabilities, disadvantaged, homeless, lacking medical care, students who are caregivers for their parents and other family members, dysfunctional neighborhoods, lack of good paying jobs for the parents of students……. Come on Senator Legg, be real for a change.

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