Florida’s Cut and Paste Education Standards

A cryptic question came from a Common Core supporter today during the FLDOE’s workshop to explain Florida’s standards which we told are “truly our own.” Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald reports for the Times/Herald Tallahasee Bureau:

Only a handful of people asked questions during Tuesday morning’s workshop on the proposed revisions to the Common Core State Standards.

One question was technical, but had political significance.

Susan Pareigis, of The Florida Council of 100, asked if the proposed additions represented more than 15 percent of the total standards. That’s important because states can add up to 15 percent of their own benchmarks to the Common Core, and still be considered part of the initiative.

Deputy Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen said the state education department had not done the calculation.

Later, someone asked if Florida would be able to clarify and delete some of the Common Core benchmarks, as the state education department has suggested, or if education officials would be bound by the Common Core copyright.

“The proposed standards are truly our own,” Tappen said. “They are Florida Standards, and we are not bound by the copyright.”

There is a larger question here: Will Florida continue to be part of the Common Core initiative?

The answer isn’t clear.

Paregeis needed to know and didn’t get an answer. She represents the state’s major corporations who mysteriously are all-in with Core and its rigid high stakes tests regime. Maybe they see it as the ultimate control mechanism. Most Floridians are probably skeptical that Tappen – a true believer in high-stakes test accountability – doesn’t know the percentage and understands that Florida must be part of the team Paregies’ bosses want Florida to be part of.

You can be sure that what Scathing Purple Musings called yesterdays as Stew’s Standards meet Pareigis 15 percent threshold. Cutting and pasting a few lines into into someone else’s work doesn’t make “the proposed standards truly our own.”

UPDATE: John O’Connor in StateImpact has more on Common Core’s copyright issues.


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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