Jeb Bush can deride and mock opponents of shoddy, costly, intrusive, and unconstitutional Common Core standards all he wants. The grass-roots movement against Fed Ed can’t be stopped. In Bush’s own Florida, GOP Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order yesterday withdrawing the state from the Common Core testing consortium known as PARCC.
Word is out that Gov. Rick Scott wants to pull Florida out of the PARCC testing consortium affiliated with the Common Core State Standards.
Tampa Bay Times bureau chief Steve Bousquet is reporting on Twitter that Scott wants to sever ties with PARCC, for which Florida has served as the fiscal agent since it began. That would “end the federal intrusion in education policy,” Scott wrote in his order. “Federal government has no constitutional authority to unilaterally set academic standards for Florida.”
He joins legislative leaders who also pressed for a “Florida plan” for testing earlier in the summer. Read his executive order and letters to Gary Chartrand and Arne Duncan here.
As I’ve reported over the past year, Bush and PARCC are joined at the hip. This is a major milestone.
And it’s just the start. Florida GOP state rep. Debbie Mayfield is pushing for a legislative moratorium on Common Core standards in her state. She wants a full review of the implementation costs and public hearings in every congressional district. Yes, imagine that: A call for transparency, fiscal responsibility, and public deliberation!
“We need to stop common core going through,” she said. “We don’t need to be giving up state’s rights.”
The standards, heavily promoted by former Gov. Jeb Bush, have divided the conservative movement about the way forward in education. Bush’s allies say common core will continue the accountability movement that swept the nation in the late 1990s and early 2000s, often pushed by conservative governors.
But opponents say the standards, developed by a partnership of governors and state school officials and promoted by the Obama administration, could eventually lead to federal control of the state’s classrooms. The standards are not a curriculum, as they are sometimes described, but do lay out what students will be expected to know at each grade level.
“We need standards, but we need to be the ones to set them ourselves,” Mayfield said.
Florida’s revolt is the ultimate refutation of the Common Core control freaks’ claim that this scheme was bottom-up, state-led, and locally supported.
What say you, Jeb?