Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered an end to Common Core-type educations standards in Florida, a reversal of former Florida Governor Rick Scott’s policy.
The executive order by DeSantis directs Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to put together a road map to figure out a new way to education students in the Sunshine State.
Under Scott Florida moved to a Common Core-type system, which was a change that was an attempt to match the standards of other students in the United States.
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There were some tweaks made to Common Core and it was re-branded as ‘Florida Standards,’ but it was still very close to Common Core.
Common Core was developed by state governors, not not the federal government. Former Governor Jeb Bush did everything in his power to sell it as “fewer, higher expectations, critical thinking skills, benchmarked to the best in the world.”
Critics of Common Core, which there were many, said it would take away local control and dumb down schools. Many parents took to Facebook to express the trouble they had with understanding the teaching methods Common Core uses. There was a great deal of confusion with the math lessons in particular.
“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,” DeSantis said, per Fox News. “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.”