Anti-Common Core Groups Head to Davie for Public Hearing
Anti-Common Core groups are headed to Davie Thursday to testify against the national education standards that have been stirring up controversy. The groups will be bringing in national experts to expose problems they see with Common Core.
After the governors executive order allowing only three public hearings in the entire state and only 3 minutes testimony only on specific standards, it is clear that we must go the extra mile to present the truth," said Chris Quackenbush, founder of Stop Common Core Florida. "Citizens are expected to drive or fly for hours to speak for 3 minutes and become experts on standards as well.
The groups have called on several well-known experts on educational standards: Dr Sandra Stotsky, Zeev Wurman and Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project, to speak to the problems of Common Core standards. According to a press release from Stop Common Core, the groups have arranged for them to meet with Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart and Dr. Kim McDougal of the governors office for a short time.
Other issues besides just the standards also need to be discussed, said Thais Alvarez ofFlorida Parents Against Common Core, andBroward County-Bear Witness Central. She is both a teacher and an attorney who believes that national standards and Common Core are unconstitutional.
Other concerns have taken the stage at the meetings as well, including data mining, quality of the standards and psychological testing. Over 200 parents, teachers and members of the public attended the first public hearing in Tampa on Tuesday. A third hearing will take place in Tallahassee.
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