Florida President of the Senate, Don Gaetz, and Speaker of the House Will Weatherford sent a letter to Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Tony Bennett asking that Florida withdraw from the testing protocol of Common Core (CCSS), known as PARCC. Since that time Commissioner Bennett was forced to resign, but the Interim Commissioner Pam Stewart is a supporter of CCSS. Florida is now sharply divided on CCSS with an increasingly vocal and growing opposition to a Federal takeover of Education.
Senator Rubio voiced his objection to CCSS:
…the federal government never knows when to stop. When [it] starts taking, it never gives back and, quite frankly, I don’t think we need a National School Board. I think that we have local school boards for a reason because that’s where parents can most influence the process and get good results.
Other states are pushing back against CCSS. The following report from Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation give an update of what’s happening around the country.
“But what the Obama Administration wants for American children isn’t inevitable. Thankfully, state and local leaders concerned with Common Core’s impact have begun to push back.
After putting Common Core implementation on “pause,” Indiana is now withdrawing as a governing member of Common Core’s national tests. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia have now withdrawn from the national tests. Utah withdrew from one of the testing consortia last year.
There are indications that other states are growing concerned about the national standards push. An Ohio legislator has a proposal to repeal Common Core, and Florida and Arizona have voiced concerns over the cost of the endeavor.
These are good first steps. But to ensure excellence in education, states should completely hop off the national standards bandwagon. You can read the Heritage proposal for how they can get started here.
America has reached an education policy fork in the road. One path leads toward choice and customization; the other, centralization and uniformity. If student-centered learning is our goal, only the path toward choice will take us there—and that includes choice in standards and assessments.”