Media Coverage - "Common Core clean-up bill leaves foes with 'perception of deception'"

February, 2014

As we reported yesterday, the House K-12 Subcommittee met yesterday to vote out a bill that expunges the term "Common Core" from statute in a transparent attempt to diffuse the political backlash that these national standards have caused without really changing them.  Rep. Hunt called it "putting lipstick on a pig" and we concur.

James Call of The Florida Current did another excellent story on yesterday's events quoting Randy Osborne and accurately titling his piece covering the hearing as leaving opponents with a "perception of deception."  Here is an excerpt:

Randy Osborne of the Florida Eagle Forum is a Marion County resident  and attended the meeting with representatives of two other groups working to derail implementation of Common Core. They see the proposed standards which originated with the National Governors Association as a federal attempt to seize control of local schools. 

"Removing reference to Common Core in statute does not remove Florida from the Common Core system," Osborne said. 

"Individual student test data will still go to the federal government as a result of the cooperative agreements. In short, nothing has changed."

As a result of the public hearings and other input from parents, teachers and others, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart proposed 98 additions to the Common Core. The State Board of Education will consider Stewart's proposal at its Feb. 18 meeting. Adkins suggested that meeting could better address Osborne's concerns. Her comments disappointed Osborne. 

"We put legislators in office to do what is in the best interest of the state and they can regulate these kinds of things. It is not acceptable for any organization to try to step aside on an issue such as Common Core," Osborne said.

Here is Mr. Call's photo from the article of Randy Osborne and Catherine Baer, chairwoman of FSCCC partner Tea Party Network at the hearing:

If this bothers you, let your legislators know.


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