The Orlando Sentinel‘s Leslie Postal reports that opponents of Common Core are beginning an advertising campaign in southwest Florida:
Opponents of Common Core in Florida today launched radio ads they hope will spread their message that the new academic standards will harm education. The group Stop Common Core Florida says its ads started airing today in the Fort Myers and Naples areas, and they hope to expand to other markets.
The group thinks Common Core will lead to scripted lessons, more testing and federal control of local schools, among other problems.
“There is something to hate from just about everyone’s perspective,” it said in a press release.
Indeed so. The group desires passage of HB 25 which is sponsored by four Republican House members: Doug Broxon of Milton; Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach; Charlie Van Zant of Palatka; and Dane Eagle of Cape Coral. Filed in October, the bill’s abstract is as follows:
Prohibits State Board of Education from continuing to implement common core standards until certain requirements are met; provides requirements for adoption or revision of curricular standards; requires state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state from implementing certain assessments & requires state to adopt & implement new assessments; prohibits state board from entering into certain agreements.
Florida has already pulled out of PARCC, so that portion of the bill will be struck. It’s an election year, and Rick Scott would probably sign it to kick the can down the road, Charlie Crist’s disquieting support for Core notwithstanding. Education commissioner Pam Stewart and the state board would probably be glad to have the flexibility the bill establishes, too.
While HB 25 puts no drag on Florida’s collapsing accountability system, it will serve to ease the strain that common core’s calculus puts on the system. The reality that HB 25 is a republican bill further illustrates that there really “is something to hate from just about everyone’s perspective.”