Florida school board makes history, opts out of Common Core

Aug 31, 2014 by

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Lee County school district voted Wednesday night to opt out of all statewide, standardized testing.

The 3-2 vote left more questions than answers as the southwest Florida school district becomes the first in Florida to say no to Common Core testing. The meeting adjourned without any discussion regarding whether any testing will replace the state tests.

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

Board members Tom Scott and Mary Fischer voted with Armstrong, a decision that was met with cheers and applause from red-clad supporters who packed the house for the meeting. Fischer was initially reluctant to the idea, but served as the tie-breaker on Wednesday.

“No matter what else is going on, teachers go on and they teach the students,” she said. ‘If this is our window of opportunity, I hope we make the best of it.”

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    If it’s accurate that Florida ranks #36 in public education, the Lee County school board has sentenced their children to educational mediocrity and a life in Florida. Congrats on caving to the pressure of parents who don’t know any better.

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