On Thursday, newly elected Florida Gov. Ron Desantis signed an Executive Order to end Common Core in the State of Florida.
“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail is frustration from parents with Common Core and the testing,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral.
ABC Action News reported, that the Governor wants to work with the Florida Department of Education, as well as speak with teachers and parents about their experiences with Common Core.
“Let’s get this right,” said Gov. DeSantis “We want high quality, we want to demand excellence.”
The Governor would also like to streamline standardized testing, increase literacy and a slew of other strong ideas.
“When you complained about Common Core, I hear you. I told you I would do something about, and today we’re acting to bring those promises into reality,” said Gov. DeSantis.
The Pasco County Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning released this statement following the announcement:
“I commend the governor for taking bold stands and staying true to his promises. I completely support streamlining standardized testing, increasing civics education, and improving literacy.
However, I ask Governor DeSantis and Education Commissioner Corcoran to consider the amount of time, funding, and effort teachers, administrators, and school districts have invested in professional learning, curriculum, materials, and resources that align with our current standards.
I understand that parents have had difficulty grasping some of the standards, and there may be a need to adjust some of them. My concern is that we not lose ground in the progress we have made toward ensuring our students are prepared for the demands of college and the workforce.
We look forward to working with our state leaders to assure that the development of new K-12 standards is deliberate and focused on preparing all students for success in college, career, and life.”
ABC ACTION TAMPA conducted a local poll on the issue and so far 94 % of those who took the poll support the elimination of Common Core.