Florida BOE Faces the Music; Passes Common Core Anyway

Florida’s unelected Board of Education, long serving as reliable cronies to rubber stamp Jeb Bush’s education agenda, finally had to face critics in yesterday’s public hearing on Common Core. Not that there ever any doubt that they would ever act differently, yesterday’s passage revealed the Board’s complete void of independent thought. Consider this from Matt Dixon in the Florida Times-Union:

There were tense moments during the more than two-hour hearing, as board chairman Gary Chartrand, a Jacksonville businessman, threatened to shut down public comment after several outbursts. It’s not uncommon during public meetings for a board or commission to request no clapping. Still, several speakers blasted the request, and there were shouts of “God Bless America” from the crowd.

Board members and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said they were also concerned about federal overreach, but were happy with the standard’s name change and the tweaks to the curriculum.

They are “Florida standards that were developed by Floridians,” said Andy Tuck, the board’s newest member.

If Tuck had any credibility as a serious guy before, he’s now lost it. Pam Stewart’s “tweaks” amounted to a predetermined 15 percent change in standards. The other 85 percent weren’t written by Floridians – and not anywhere near Florida.  Tuck might as well have said night is day.

This is pure political spin coming out of Tuck’s mouth and a signal that Florida’s education power brokers will be ramming Core home. With apologies to Nancy Pelosi, it’s clear we will have to implement Core to find out what’s in it.

Florida’s education reform cabal has never really faced the music like they did yesterday in Orlando. Those folks won’t be just taking their ball and going home. Their energy will be shifted to Vero Beach Rep. Debbie Mayfield’s HB25. The bill has four co-sponsors in the House, but none yet in the senate. Will senate president Don Gaetz keep it from happening?





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 Florida BOE Faces the Music; Passes Common Core Anyway

  1. Tracy says:

    Poor Tuck…he too has had a drink of the kool-aid…Florida got to ADD 15% to Common Core…nothing can be TAKEN AWAY from Common Core….Common Core was NOT written by any Floridians, nor ANY teachers OR educators OR child developmentalists OR child psychologists…just a bunch of people that work for the companies that will profit from everything Common Core…such conflict of interest it boggles the mind! The people that put out the call for a set of national standards through misleading, hysterical statistics, then create the standards behind closed doors and in the dark, then create an environment of test scores as the end all and be all of education, then create tests tied to the standards so that schools and districts have to buy new curriculum created by the same guys that make the tests in order to be prepared for the format and types of questions on the tests, because everything is high stakes now with schools and districts being taken over if they score low on those tests created by the ones who will profit from the remedial material aligned to the tests and standards. It makes me quite breathless the amount that is wrong with this whole picture!

  2. I take offense to the notion Tuck may have been a serious guy. His support of creationism and derision of evolution made that notion impossible.

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