You Can Be Sure Florida Ed Policymakers Know All About NY’s Common Core’s Rocky Rollout

Most of the politicians who have to face voters are survivalist, so you can be sure Florida’s -like, say, Rick Scott – are tuned into what happened in New York with the roll-out of Common Core. Here’s this from Syracuse Post-Standard reporter Paul Riede:

State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch has appointed a task force to study the rocky rollout of the Common Core academic standards in New York and develop recommendations for improvement, the Albany Times Union reports.

The six-person task force is due to report back to the full board in February.

In a series of forums held throughout the state, including those in Syracuse and Manlius, Education Commissioner John King heard a barrage of harsh criticism about the implementation of the standards.

Parents and teachers have complained bitterly about the state’s decision to give standardized tests aligned with the new standards before the standards were fully embraced by teachers, students and parents. They have also blasted the Education Department for the timeliness and quality of the suggested curriculum modules on its EngageNY web site.

The Times Union reported that several Regents acknowledged mistakes, with Regent Roger Tilles of Long Island saying, “We’ve made mistakes and I think we know we’ve made mistakes.”

The task force will include Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett and Regents Kathleen Cashin, James Dawson, James Tallon, Wade Norwood and Tilles.

Somehow you know that Scott isn’t going to put himself in a position to have a “rocky rollout” during an election year. And two Jeb Bush zealots in Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw won’t be around on the state board when the mess they helped create gets back to the board next year. Scott won’t have to take partisan shots from them to “show more leadership” and our beleaguered FLDOE won’t be assailed for its implementation of the bad policy they rammed home.

Scott, with an unlikely ally in now disgraced Tony Bennett, bought Florida some much-needed time by dialing  back on the calculus that determined school grades. Last week’s release of high school grades – the latest ever – offered more political cover for Scott and Florida’ republican leadership.

But Common Core isn’t in a vacuum by itself. That dial back on school grades came because Scott, Bennett and the state board realized the “other stuff” is the real problem.


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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