From State Impact’s John O’Connor:
The St. Johns County Republican Assembly is the latest GOP group to ask questions — quite literally — about new education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.
The group has adapted a list of questions first posed by North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest about the origins, content and adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
Common Core State Standards are scheduled to be used in every Florida classroom beginning next fall. The standards outline what children should know at the end of each grade in math and English language arts.
But as the deadline approaches, critics on the political right and left are opposing the standards. Conservatives worry the standards will centralize education, reduce local control and will cost more, among other concerns.
“Only the state elected officials that took the Race To The Top Grant and have imposed the CCSS on Florida’s children can give you the answers you deserve and need to understand the CCSS,” the group wrote. “If they cannot answer these questions, or will not, you should reject the Common Core Standards and demand that the state reverse course in this regard immediately.”
St. John’s county is Sen. John Thrasher’s county. Less than a month ago, Thrasher, along with four other former state party chairmen – Scathing Purple Musings referred to them as the Florida Five – signed onto a letter imploring Florida republican legislators to not abandon Common Core.
While some Washington republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio and the Republican National Committee have taken stands against Common Core, the state republican apparatus is far more invested in them – much more, in fact, than most other red states. The purse strings controlled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Council of 100 and Jeb Bush demand rigid compliance.