By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Sen. Rubio’s apparent opposition to Common Core Standard (CCSS) could tip the scales toward Florida’s rejection of CCSS. CCSS has been a divisive issue among Florida Republicans since former Gov. Jeb Bush has put his full support behind CCSS. However, last week, the Senate President Don Gaetz and Speaker of the House Will Weatherford opposed the assessment part of CCSS known as PARCC. This week, State Sen. John Thrasher circulated an e-mail in support of CCSS.
Javier Manjarres, Editor in Chief of The Shark Tank a Florida political blog, interviewed Sen. Rubio in Orlando and Rubio said he opposed the Common Core Standard (CCSS). Rubio staffers in Orlando, Jacksonville and Washington say that Sen. Rubio has not issued any statement on CCSS, and they were unfamiliar with the Shark Tank story. However, Sen. Rubio’s voice is recorded saying:
And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.
I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response. Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.” The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.” –
Rubio first sounded off against the federal government’s education grab in early July, when he penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, stating the unconstitutionality of the move to create a national education curriculum.
“I am also concerned that the U.S. Department of Education has created, through its contractors, national curriculum materials to support these Common Core standards. Such activities are unacceptable; they violate three existing laws: NCLB, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the General Education Provisions Act.”
As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year.