Controversy around Florida's Common Core Standards

Education standards remain at the center of controversy in Florida, after Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order in January 2019 to eliminate Common Core, and gave the state’s education department a year to present him with an alternative.  

The Florida Department of Education, which recently released the second draft of its revised standards to the public,  sponsored a “Listening Tour” in October, where Floridians in nine different counties had the opportunity to voice their thoughts to state leaders about the proposed changes. 

One such event in Seminole County suggested that, while DeSantis does have some supporters (such as the Florida Citizens Alliance group), the majority of the state’s educators find Common Core to be beneficial. These educators expressed concern that changes outlined in the replacement drafts are unnecessary, too vague, and a “step backward.” They also feel that implementing such changes will be time-consuming and costly. 

The Florida Department of Education has until January 1, 2020 to provide a final set of revised standards to DeSantis. Whatever the final outcome, EdGate will pay close attention; and, in keeping with our mission, we’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date.

By: Tamara Haskett
Standards Data Specialist