Fla. school board opts out of Common Core testing

Aug 29, 2014 by

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The School District of Lee County, Fla., voted Wednesday to opt out of statewide, standardized testing.

In a 3-2 vote Wednesday, the district became the first in Florida to say no to Common Core testing that 45 states and the District of Columbia voluntarily adopted in 2010.

Common Core — a set of math and English language arts standards — define what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.

Lee school board attorney details effects of ‘opt out’

Wednesday night’s action in Lee County was received with overwhelming cheers and applause in the packed auditorium of opt-out supporters clad in red. But it answered few questions on what is next for students and the district in regards to state and federal funding.

“Sometimes it takes an act of civil disobedience to move forward,” said Don Armstrong, a school board member who voted in favor of opting out. “We cannot allow the fear to hold us back.”

Over the last year, there has been growing criticism of Common Core from tea party activists and conservative groups, assailing it for taking away states’ rights to set education standards.

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