Community reacts to DeSantis mandate on Common Core

By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - "We want to be very high quality, we want to demand excellence, but I think we want to do that in a way that's responsive to the concerns we've had," stated Governor Ron DeSantis early Thursday.

With the elimination of Common Core in Florida schools, educators like Scott Mazur believe opinions are split on the initiative.

"It depends on who you talk to," he said.

He hopes that new policies will consider all students.

"We want to make sure we have those difficult conversations about what policy looks like on the tail-end and make sure that we don't leave anyone behind as we innovate," he continued.

The governor says he hopes this addresses the top concerns, which are testing and mathematics.

Parent Bethanne Schrainner stated, "It's been tough, and it's been tough to help to my son with homework because it's not the way that I was taught how to do math."

Mazur agrees in regards to testing, adding, "My hope is that if we are going to streamline testing there's going to be more time for thinking in the classroom than testing."

Teachers like Sherica Howard, who have only taught with Common Core, are concerned over the alternative.

"If there's no Common Core, will there be another program put in place to be made sure that standards will be taught to all kids?" Howard said.

With no word on what the new standards are, all are waiting to see what's in store.

"I'm optimistic about what we might be able to accomplish, but we'll have to wait and see," Mazur said.

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