FSCCC Statement on RPOF Legislative Affairs Committee Resolution Against Common Core

March, 2014

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, Inc. (FSCCC), a grassroots organization of over forty state and national groups representing hundreds of thousands of Florida parents and citizens is very pleased to announce that the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) has unanimously endorsed a resolution in opposition to Common Core and its deceptive new name, The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

The Legislative Affairs Committee was convened by Chairman Lenny Curry after an overwhelming show of support for the anti-common core resolutions at the January 2014 Annual meeting of the RPOF.  The anti-Common Core resolutions were passed by the State Committeemen/Committeewomen's Caucus and the REC Chairmen's Caucus at the RPOF annual meeting. (See our report here).  The Legislative Affairs Committee met all day on February 22nd and heard information from both sides of the debate, including from Dr. Karen Effrem of FSCCC.  They came to the conclusions in these documents, which were sent to us by numerous people from within the party:

"It was an honor to participate in this fair and impartial discussion of this critically important topic," said Dr. Karen Effrem, president of Education Liberty Watch and executive director of FSCCC, Inc. We congratulate the committee on their well-reasoned conclusions.  This letter and resolution combined with the filing of a Senate companion to HB 25 and the legislative actions against Common Core across the nation continue to show the cascading momentum against this intrusive, dangerous, and expensive system."

"After reviewing the evidence, it is clear that there are many problems from the constitutional, academic, developmental, expense, and political standpoints with the Common Core system," said Eric Miller, RPOF State Committeeman from Martin County and a member of the committee.  "We look forward to working with Governor Scott and the elected Republicans in the legislature to do the right thing for the children of Florida and for the Republican Party."

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