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New education standard program "Common Core"
FLORIDA -- One of the issues facing your children is a new standard called "Common Core".
It's been implemented in 45 states including Florida.
And will change the way your child learns and the tests they take.
But is it receiving a passing grade?
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, pioneered major education reform during his 8 years in office. Now through two foundations he runs, he's a national voice on the subject.
"The education system worked for long while but our country has changed and the system remains the same not disimilar to what it looked like in 1910"
He believes "Common Core" us changing that. it encompasses new standards of teaching, including fewer topics with more in-depth analysis. Students work more in groups and spend less time memorizing and more time learning to analyze. In Florida, it's being implemented in four phases. K-2 so far and starting next year it's goes to K-12. It also means the end of the FCAT
"Whether it's FCAT or the new Common Core Assessment there has to be measurements"
"Common Core is a federal over reach into our local control of education"
Laura Zorc is the co-founder of Florida Parents Against Common Core. The Vero Beach mother of four, calls it nationalized education that removes states and local school boards from the classroom
"We don't like it and we want it to go away"
Common Core is mainly a product of the 2009 stimulus plan Democrats passed in congress. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has come out against it. Bush, along with current New Jersey governor Chris Christie are among the few notable republicans still supporting the education overhaul. Bush says Common Core empowers students which he says at it's core is a conservative principal.
"That's the 1st step, to recognize our standards are too low too diluted"
"Who knows our children better than we do. The Bureaucrats in Washington DC, I think not"
Florida Governor Rick Scott recently announced that all schools on the state's limited voucher program may use Common Core. private schools do not have to adopt Common Core standards but many are doing so.
Join us this Thursday night for a discussion on Florida education.
We will be live streaming the "Town Hall" on our website weartv.com from 6:30 pm until 8 pm.