GOP supports voting in Florida education commissioner to reverse Common Core

Dec 1, 2015 by

A growing faction of Florida Republicans are supporting the move to make the state education commissioner an elected position, a proposal designed to reverse the state’s adoption of Common Core standards.

The plan, offered by Republican Rep. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach, clashes with GOP legislative leaders who support the role of presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in introducing Common Core ideas during his two terms in office.

Mayfield said she filed her bill with state Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialiah, to answer complaints from parents about the Florida Standards Assessment tests, which are tied to Common Core principles. Those parents said their voices have been ignored by the Florida Board of Education, which is appointed by the governor, and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

“We have to stop the madness. It’s only going to get worse,” said Mayfield, who has plans to run for the Senate seat now held by Republican Thad Altman, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.

Source: GOP supports voting in Florida education commissioner to reverse Common Core | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

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