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Common Core: a dirty word for Florida Education Commissioner as board rejects components of the standards listen

10/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Common Core, PARCC, Rick Scott, Florida Board of Education, Pam Stewart, Kathleen Shanahan, Gary Chartrand


The Florida Board of Education has rejected some components of Common Core State Testing Standards. But education officials said during a meeting at the Tampa Airport Marriott Tuesday, that doesn’t mean the new standards are going away.

The unanimous vote means that Florida will not use appendices, sample performance tasks, student writing samples or designed high school math courses associated with the Common Core State Standards.

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Hillsborough County Schools continuing to move forward with Common Core listen

09/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, Rick Scott, Common Core, PARCC, education, wmnf, tampa international airport


Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia isn’t worried about implementation of new teaching standards known as Common Core. Elia showed optimism for the program’s success during a breakfast with the Tampa Bay Partnership despite a decision by Governor Rick Scott to pull support from the group charged with coming up with testing standards to align with it.

“I do believe that the governor is committed to having strong standards in our schools and those standards need to h...

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