Slowing it down isn’t enough. They want it gone.
Encouraged by Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to pull out of a group developing tests for the controversial Common Core curriculum, opponents of the new system held a Capitol news conference Wednesday to keep up pressure to drop it entirely.
“We are looking to dismantle this,” said Karen Effrem, a Charlotte County pediatrician and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition.
Its backers say Common Core stresses the need for all to students to reach widely accepted levels in writing skills and mathematics. But to the growing national movement opposing Common Core, it’s “Obama Core,” a federal takeover of the education system akin to Obamacare’s takeover of the health system.
It’s a “complete transformation of another huge sector of people’s lives and the economy,” Effrem said.
Like Obamacare, Common Core was the product of the two years of disastrous Democratic control of all branches of government after the 2008 election, and its funding originally came from President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.
National conservative groups, political figures and pundits that have taken a stand against Common Core mirror those opposed to Obacare: among them are the tea party movement, the Heritage Foundation (recent column here), U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and columnist Michelle Malkin (most recent column here).
Florida adopted Common Core in 2010, under former Gov. Charlie Crist, and until this week was well on the road to putting it into practice. It was scheduled to be part of the curriculum beginning with the 2014 school year, with testing set to begin in the spring.
On Monday, however, Scott issued an executive order pulling Florida out of the group developing a test that would be used by all states participating in the curriculum.
That move was strongly supported by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.
Scott’s order was only the latest setback for Common Core in the Sunshine State. On Aug. 28, state Rep. Debbie Mayfield, introduced a bill to prohibit the department of education from continuing to go forward with the curriculum.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Mayfield thanked Scott for Monday’s order seemed confident of the way forward.
“I do think we’re headed in the right direction,” she said.