TC Palm Publishes Effrem LTE Clarifying Mayfield - Workman Roles in Common Core

July, 2016

Thanks to the TC Palm newspaper in the Vero Beach area for publishing Dr. Effrem's letter-to-the-editor that further describes  Rep. Debbie Mayfield's great work against Common Core in contrast to Rep. Ritch Workman's flatly false assertions that he "led the fight to abolish Common Core." Here is the letter:

Karen Effrem, Port Charlotte
Letter: Mayfield true warrior against Common Core; Workman is a poser

Florida parents are deeply concerned about the destructive effects of the Common Core standards and tests. Despite a deceptive rebrand as Florida Standards, Florida still suffers under Common Core.

In the Senate District 17 primary between Rep. Debbie Mayfield, Rep. Ritch Workman and Michael Thomas; it is critical to choose wisely.

Workman's first ad stated falsely that he "led the fight to abolish Common Core." His second ad misleadingly stated he "voted to remove Common Core from our schools."

As executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, an organization of over 50 different groups from all over the state fighting Common Core, I can attest to having never seen or read about Rep. Workman being involved in anything remotely related to Common Core opposition. His claimed vote to remove Common Core appears to be merely removing the term from statute.

In sharp contrast, Mayfield's anti-Common Core record is stellar. Listening to concerned constituents, understanding the dangers early on, and speaking around the state, she authored six bills and resolutions dealing with Common Core-related issues.

Her dedication has been noticed and applauded by national organizations like Truth in American Education and American Principles in Action.

Regarding Common Core, the evidence is clear. Mayfield has been a true anti-Common Core warrior. If Workman so wildly exaggerates his record on this, what else should voters know?


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