And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.
The Tampa Bay Times notes that this puts him at odds with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL). They also wrote that the Florida GOP was starting to feel backlash from conservatives over the issue.
Now state GOP leaders look increasingly anxious about grass roots conservative backlash against the Common Core state standards long championed by Bush and adopted by Florida and 44 other states. Even Bush’s old protegee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is bashing Common Core…
…Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford earlier this month called on the state to pull out of the group designing the standardized tests aligned with Common Core. Their announcement fueled speculation they may be backing away from Common Core, though they insist it’s only the testing they’re questioning, not the standards themselves.
Don’t underestimate the threat conservative opposition poses to the new accountability standards in Florida (predictable liberal opposition doesn’t bother Republicans leaders especially).
Were it not for grass roots, conservative opposition to Common Core, Tony Bennett may well have won re-election as Indiana’s education superintendent last year and wouldn’t be Florida’s education commissioner today.
It’s no accident then that Bennett has been meeting with local Republican Executive Committees across the state to discuss Common Core. In addition, five former state Republican chairmen recently wrote party officials to express their support for Common Core.