Photos and Coverage of State Board Protest

February, 2014

Many media outlets covered the hearing protest and rally.  Thank you to all who attended.  For every one of you that came, there were hundreds or even thousands that wanted to be there but could not.  Here is a sampling of some of the media coverage:

State stands by Common Core education standards

State education leaders stood by Common Core on Tuesday, voting unanimously to keep the controversial academic benchmarks for public schools despite the objections of dozens of opponents.

Protesters carrying signs that read "Stop Common Core" and "Rotten to the Core" held a rally outside the Orange County school district's headquarters, where the State Board of Education met.
They then filed inside and spoke during a sometimes testy, nearly three-hour public hearing, where some compared the standards with the Hitler Youth and communism...

...They also included dropping the name Common Core in favor of "Florida Standards," a broader term that recognizes the state has academic benchmarks in other subjects, too, including science and social studies, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said.

But the name change annoyed critics.

"Changing the name is merely a bait-and-switch," said Karen Effrem of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition.

The new standards already are in place in the earliest grades and are to be in all grades by next school year. By 2015, Florida also plans to retire most of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and replace it with a new series of tests aligned with Common Core.

State Education Board approves Common Core tweaks during heated meeting

Department of Education approves Common Core changes at Orlando meeting
Florida Common Core changes approved despite parent concerns

State Board Tweaks Standards Despite Objections

Here are some of the many excellent photos that were taken at the State Board of Education rally and protest on February 18th:

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