Gov. Ron DeSantis eradicating Common Core and “all of its vestiges” from Florida schools and he’s replacing it with something better.
DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday to eliminate Common Core, the wildly unpopular national education standards ushered in during the Obama administration.
DeSantis made the announcement at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral, WFTS reports.
“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail is frustration from parents with Common Core and testing,” the governor said.
Executive Order 19-32 states “by January 1, 2020, the Commissioner of Education shall comprehensively review Florida’s Kindergarten through grade twelve academic standards and provide recommended revisions to the Governor.”
The recommendations will explain how Florida will eliminate Common Core and “return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic” through consultation with parents, teachers and others involved in education.
The recommendations will also include suggestions to increase the quality of the curriculum, ways to streamline testing and “identify opportunities to equip high school graduates with sufficient knowledge of America’s civics, particularly the principles reflected in the United States Constitution …”
“Let’s get it right,” DeSantis said at the Thursday press conference. “We want high quality, we want to demand excellence.”
The move to kill Common Core in Florida follows years of complaints from parents, teachers, students, administrators and others about the standards, which states were incentivized to adopt through Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative. Essentially, states that adopted Common Core and other reforms competed for more than $3 billion in extra federal education funding during the economic recession.
The complaints poured in virtually as soon as states adopted the standards for math and language arts, with reports of left-leaning propaganda in the curriculum, nonsensical approaches to simple math, inappropriate reading assignments, and overly prescribed lessons that kill creativity in favor of relentless testing.
Donald Trump promised repeatedly during his 2016 campaign to end Common Core, and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos announced last year that “there isn’t really any Common Core anymore” as it was replaced by the K-12 Every Student Succeeds Act.
Regardless, removing Common Core also requires states to take action and replace the standards, The Washington Post reports.
Florida previously replaced Common Core, though parents and educators contend the state simply renamed the standards, which remained largely the same. DeSantis followed through on his promise to finish the job and overhaul the standards completely within his first month in office.
“When you complained about Common Core, I hear you. I told you I would do something about it, and today we are acting to bring those promises into reality,” DeSantis said.
The governor’s Thursday announcement came just one day after a press conference at Tampa Bay Technical High School, where he unveiled improvements to the state’s workforce education, WFTS reports.