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Florida considering almost 100 tweaks to national Common Core state standards

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Updated: 1/13 7:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They're standards designed to get Florida on the same page as the rest of the nation. But state leaders want to make big changes to the national standards known as Common Core.

"We're Floridians. We know what to do," said Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott put his foot down as Florida considered joining 45 states across the nation to adopt Common Core.

"We want Florida standards, not national standards. We don't need federal government telling us how to run education," said Scott.

The State Board of Education spent the last several months building off the national standards to come up with its own format.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart unveiled nearly 100 recommended changes for English and math -- including adding cursive back into the mix along with 52 calculus standards additions.

"Pam Stewart, she's gone around this state, she's listened to parents, she's listened to principals, she's listened to teachers," said Scott.

But parents have concerns.

"I think some people believe that schools start preparing for the new school year in August. Actually they should have already been preparing for it now. Ninety-eight changes are going to effect how our schools are ready," Colleen Wood said.

Wood said the plan will lead to more testing for students and more confusion for the teachers.

"It makes sense to take a time out. Parents know that. We do this with our kids. When things aren't going well take a time out, let's all get on the same page. Let teachers have a time to adjust and our students," Wood said.

Another big concern is that Florida kids will fall behind if the state deviates too far away from the way the rest of the country is doing it.

Wood said she wouldn't be surprised if other states follow Florida's lead and adopt our changes.

Stewart will present the recommended changes to the State Board of Education at its meeting on Feb. 18 in Orlando.

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