Academic Standards Center Stage At School Board Meeting

By: Garin Flowers Email
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By Garin Flowers
August 13, 2013

Leon County, FL - Leon County School Board member Forrest Van Camp has worked in education for decades. He says implementing Common Core standards will be one of the biggest changes he's ever seen in the school system.

"When our parents are going to send kids to school next Monday morning, they expect us to know what we're doing, when we're going to do it and what we're going to do this year," Van Camp said.

This is the first school year Common Core curriculum will be taught in local classrooms.

Parents we spoke with said they're concerned about the cost, testing requirements and new student information they have to hand over to schools.

"I am very scared. I have three kids in school. I have two high school students and one middle school student," said Beth Overholt, a local mother.

The Common Core standards will be more rigorous for students. It'll put emphasis on careful reading and comprehension, which students will be expected to show they understand through their writing.

At Tuesday night's school board meeting, Van Camp proposed a Common Core standards workshop for parents.

"Pam Stewart, the interim commissioner of education, said that there still is local control and that I need to come to my school board and start talking to them. So, I think Forrest Van Camp's idea of doing a workshop, which he wants to plan within the next month, is really good," Overholt said.

"I felt like it was time for our board to step forward and hold just a transparent conversation for parents, really on what is going on, what does it mean," Van Camp said.

The board agreed to have a Common Core standards workshop at Tuesday's meeting.

Van Camp will work with Superintendent Jackie Pons to figure out a format and date, which will be announced at the next school board meeting.

Leon County, FL - Classes begin in Leon County Monday, and they'll do so amidst controversy over new academic standards... The Leon County School Board is meeting tonight and will try to address some of the parents concerns.

WCTV has a reporter at the meeting and will bring you the latest tonight on WCTV Eyewitness News at 11

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