Jacksonville, FL - Your child's education could be slated for some serious changes.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a new executive order, outlining plans to eliminate Common Core standards in the state and improve the state's education system.
“I have heard parents from across the state loud and clear and they all agree that it is time to finally end Common Core. So today, we are taking action through this executive order to ensure that Florida has the best academic standards in the nation and eliminating Common Core from our schools, as well as reaffirming my commitment to prepare our students for the real world through an increased focus on civic education," says DeSantis.
I have heard parents from across the state loud and clear and they all agree that it’s time to finally end Common Core.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 31, 2019
Our executive order today aims to ensure that Florida has the best academic standards in the nation and we eliminate Common Core. https://t.co/IcKSzX22ez
With this new executive order, the Florida Department of Education commissioner has been tasked with reviewing the state's academic standards from kindergarten through 12th grade and then provide his recommendations.
According to the governor’s office, the order requests the following list of recommendations:
• Articulate how Florida will eliminate Common Core (Florida Standards) and ensure we return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic;
• Provide a roadmap to make Florida’s standards number one in the nation;
• Reflect Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s consultation with relevant stakeholders to include parents and teachers;
• Deem how to increase the quality of instructional curriculum;
• Suggest innovative ways to streamline testing;
• Identify opportunities to equip high school graduates with sufficient knowledge of America’s civics, particularly the principles reflected in the Unites States Constitution, so as to be capable of discharging the responsibilities associated with American citizenship; and
• Outline a pathway for Florida to be the most literate state in the nation.
Following DeSantis' announcement, the Duval County Public School District released the following statement:
"Setting rigorous educational standards to ensure college and career readiness falls under the jurisdiction of the state.
Our job, as we have done with the current standards, is to adapt and make sure we prepare our students for success. We look forward to hearing more about the process and participating with educational leaders in Tallahassee to continue our contribution to Florida’s remarkable growth in educational outcomes.
You will remember that just a few months ago, Duval was described as one of the best urban school districts in the United States based on our results on The Nation’s Report Card. In whatever way Florida’s standards evolve, we will do everything we can do to maintain that reputation."