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Duval County teachers, parents want Florida to adopt Common Core school standards

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Updated: 11/12/2013 8:34 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Changes could be coming in the classroom for Florida children. The state board of education is debating whether to adopt Common Core school standards -- which would align the state with the nation in terms of learning. It is expected to make a decision in one week.

"It could be better. It could be better," said mom Nakia Gainers.

She said education in Florida has a long way to go. She has high hopes for Common Core school standards -- a national education initiative to get all states on the same page for math and English language arts.

"Instead of having kids memorize the directions for baking a cake, they actually have to make the cake themselves," said Pam Paul, executive vice president of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

Florida is one of 45 states that has signed on to follow suit. The Sunshine State actually led the way. But now Gov. Rick Scott wants to reevaluate to come up with a system of the state's own. That's not something Gainers agrees with at all.

"All my kids as of right now go to school in Florida, but what happens if we have to leave the state for some reason and go somewhere else I want my children to have the same education here that they would have their," Gainers said.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has been gathering input from other local parents. Turns out, most concerned about adopting Common Core standards were really just confused at what they are.

The advocacy group just submitted its local recommendation to the state -- move forward with the national standards and keep Florida in line with everyone else.

"Once they understood how it worked the majority of those were in support of them. They understood it more clearly and felt that common core standards will definitely improve education for students," said Paul.

Gainers knows this will make more work for teachers and kids initially. She thinks the sacrifice will be worth the reward.

"I don't want my kids being left behind," she said.

State school leaders said no matter what is adopted, this will be the final year kids will take the FCAT.

The state board is also reviewing 19,000 comments it received through the website the state set up.

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nativejax - 11/13/2013 10:46 AM
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We know WHY some teachers want to adopt this Government pushed program..Home schooling will be a way of life soon.

RFM2009 - 11/13/2013 5:51 AM
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Common Core is not about EDUCATION.... It all about INDOCTRINATION! Please, thoroughly re-examine what you wish for.
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