Common Core Backlash In Florida Prompts Change

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News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 1, 2014, 5pm


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Common Core standards for Florida's schools remain alive and well, but don't say that too loudly.

The ongoing backlash against the contentious standards has prompted state officials and the Florida Legislature to act.

Legislators are advancing bills that would remove more than 30 references to the Common Core standards that were placed in law just a year ago.

The Senate has already passed a bill that would ban school districts from collecting information on the political or religious affiliation of students and their parents. It would also ban the collection of information including student fingerprints, palm scans or iris scans.

Lawmakers are also considering whether to mandate that each local school district choose textbooks without state help.

Associated Press News Release
Updated: March 24, 2014, 11pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the Common Core reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence's office says he signed a bill Monday pulling Indiana from the program. Legislators earlier approved the measure requiring the State Board of Education to draft new standards outlining what students should be learning in each grade rather than using the Common Core standards.

Pence said in a statement that he believes Indiana's students are best served by education decisions made at the state and local level.

Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association and state education superintendents. Indiana adopted the standards in 2010 under then-Superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican.

Many GOP lawmakers pushed for the withdrawal from Common Core.

Associated Press News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- What began as a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools has become a political firestorm, particularly among Republicans.

Establishment voices like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praise the Common Core guidelines as a way to improve student performance over time. But many archconservatives, including tea party favorites Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, say the effort amounts to a takeover of local schools.

Forty-five states initially adopted some part of the standards developed by Republicans and Democrats at the National Governors Association. But legislatures in at least a dozen states have debated measures to repeal or delay the standards.

It's become one more divide between establishment Republicans and the more strident members of their party.