FL Governor DeSantis Uses Executive Order to Get Rid of Common Core Standards
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered an end to not only Common Core, but as well Core-type educational standards in the state.
Fulfilling a key education campaign promise, DeSantis said Thursday he had signed an executive order “eliminating Common Core and the vestiges of Common Core” from Florida’s public schools.
Florida may not have been calling its standards the Common Core, but its current standards have been fully based largely on them
Technically, Florida still has had many of the same Common Core concepts in place. They were just repackaged differently. Now, DeSantis wants a more permanent solution to parents’ concerns.
DeSantis’ executive order directs Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to develop a road map for a new way to educate the sunshine state’s students.
State leaders made some tweaks to Common Core, and re-branded it as ‘Florida Standards’ but they remain very similar to Common Core.
State governors – not the federal government – developed Common Core and former Gov. Jeb Bush did everything he could to sell it as “fewer, higher expectations, critical thinking skills, benchmarked to the best in the world.”
Critics of Common Core, including Tea Party groups, said it would take away local control and dumb down our schools. Meanwhile, many parents had trouble understanding some of the teaching methods and found it confusing, particularly some of the math.
“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail was a lot of frustration from parents in particular with this idea of Common Core,” said Gov. DeSantis. “When you complained… I heard you. I told you I’d do something about it. And today we are acting to bring promises to reality.”
DeSantis gave the order to replace Common Core-type standards with a new system that increases the quality of curriculum, and places a higher emphasis on teaching civics.
Florida’s standards will not change this year. Gov. DeSantis said he and Commissioner Corcoran will seek input from teachers and parents, then present a reform plan to the legislature, to enact in 2020.
DeSantis also plans to require Corcoran to:
- Find ways to increase the quality of instructional curriculum in Florida.
- Suggest innovative ways to streamline testing in schools and make sure the testing is measuring success.
- Identify ways to make civic education a priority in Florida.
The Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, said it was encouraged that DeSantis wanted to involve parents and teachers in the effort to adopt new standards.
“We’re also pleased to hear that the administration will look at streamlining testing,” Frederick Ingram, the association’s president, said in a statement.
“Parents and our members cite time spent on testing — as versus on genuine teaching and learning — as one of their top concerns. If all stakeholders are heard, we have confidence that this effort can improve public education in Florida.”
Karen Effrem, executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, said in an email her group was “thrilled with Governor DeSantis’ great efforts to keep his campaign promise and finally listen to the frustrations of parents.”
But she said she expected such a change won’t be easy. “We also know that he will be up against a very entrenched corporate and political establishment that is very much in favor of keeping these standards. So we look forward to helping him fight that battle,” she wrote.