It’s Begun: Florida County’s Republican Assembly Officially Demands Explanations on Common Core


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.

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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2 Responses to It’s Begun: Florida County’s Republican Assembly Officially Demands Explanations on Common Core

  1. tom james says:

    remember Trasher is jeb’s best buddy. I’m sure he got his pockets lined by the CC consortium already. he’ll be passing out the goodies to his buddies in the St. John’s REC for their complicity

  2. You may be interested to see the well-researched, detailed response to the Thrasher letter put out this week by a dozen current Republican leaders from across the state:
    http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/news/2013-08/republican-leaders-provide-excellent-response-thrasher-letter.htm
    Our organization has also published a detailed 45 page policy paper on Common Core written by Dr. Karen Effrem and Randy Osborne:
    http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/files/EAE4EA1E-7BEA-4B4D-8542-C6E46F841BB2–D8FA73FF-C0D2-49E3-B697-8AFB974E3C51/florida-s-common-core-standards-policy-analysis-4.pdf

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