Northwest Florida Sen. Greg Evers (R-Milton) filed a senate version today of Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach) bill which prohibits the state BOE from implement Common Core Standards. From Jeff Solochek in Gradebook:
A week after the Florida Board of Education affirmed the state’s commitment to the Common Core State Standards, a state senator has submitted legislation aiming to stop the standards from taking effect.
Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, filed a bill (SB 1316) that’s identical to a measure proposed by Rep. Debbie Mayfield in the House. Mayfield’s HB 25 has picked up four of the House’s most conservative members as co-sponsors, but has not made any headway during committee weeks despite being assigned to three committees.
Senate leaders have shown even less interest in stopping the Common Core — now referred to as the Florida Standards after a handful of small changes — than their counterparts in the House. Senate President Don Gaetz has made clear he doesn’t see the standards as a federal conspiracy, and he’s had his education chairman make clear that the Senate wants to hear of specific concerns, not overarching accusations or complaints.
Evers is one the influential independent “Senate Six” republicans. He voted against senate leadership on Parent Trigger last year and Prison Privatization in 2012. While senate leadership doesn’t have an interest in stopping Common Core, its highly unlikely that Evers would be filing a bill that’s DOA. With the tide moving against Core in red states all over the country, pressure is beginning to mount against the few republicans supporters who take far too many marching orders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.