Action Items for Common Core. FLORIDA
This is a critical week for work to stop Common Core in Florida and so many people have been hard at work for our children. Please make every attempt possible to make contacts as defined below. Our elected officials in Tallahassee need to hear from us.
ACTION ITEM #1:
Please read the article from The Tampa Tribune as background then call and/or email Senator John Legg R-Lutz, Florida who is a supporter of Common Core but who wants to hear from the people as to their concerns.
262 Crystal Grove Blvd.
Lutz, Fl 33548
Telephone: 1-813-909-9919 - (FAX: 888-263-2681)
His Tallahassee phone number is: 1-850-487-2017
The Tampa Tribune article:
LAND O’ LAKES — With questions and concerns brewing about Common Core State Standards, state Sen. John Legg is hoping to pinpoint just what the problems are.
Legg, R-Lutz, a supporter of Common Core, is asking Floridians to review the new education standards on the Florida Senate website and send him an email with comments, suggestions or concerns. He asks that residents specify which standards interest them.
The text of the standards can be viewed via the Education Committee page of the Senate website at www.flsenate.gov or on the state Department of Education website at www.fldoe.org/schools/ccc.asp.
Math and language arts are the only subjects for which standards have been developed for so far.
Legg is chairman of the Education Committee, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Core State Standards are national standards that have been adopted by 45 states, including Florida, and the District of Columbia. Proponents say the standards provide more depth of learning and will better prepare students for college, the workforce and competition in a global economy.
A growing number of critics say the standards aren’t as rigorous as proponents claim and represent a federal intrusion into what should be state and local decisions about education. Some opponents express concerns that data collected could violate student privacy.
Among the critics is a group called Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, which argues that Common Core will “harm the quality of education in Florida, violate our children’s, families’ and teachers’ privacy rights, deny state sovereignty and local control, and be unsustainably expensive.”
The standards already are being phased in and are to be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among the supporters are President Barack Obama, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is among those who oppose Common Core.
The standards specify the mastery of a subject students should be able to demonstrate. For example, one of the sixth-grade standards for language arts says students should be able to “determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative and technical meanings.”
One of the third-grade math standards says students should be able to “use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.”
Legg has said he often hears complaints about Common Core. But, he says, when he asks people to review the standards, they can’t point to anything to which they object.
Pasco County School Board members say they are concerned that misinformation is being spread about Common Core. They plan a workshop Oct. 1 to discuss the standards. In addition, in an effort to educate the public about Common Core, the school district is preparing a brochure and has videos on its website.
Superintendent Kurt Browning told the board Tuesday evening that the district’s transition to Common Core is “hard work” but that he is convinced it’s the right thing to do.
“Next year, with full implementation of Common Core, it will be worth it all,” Browning said.
ACTION ITEM #2:
This item will take no longer than 10 seconds and is critical. I do not know if you have heard but there is conversation that Governor Scott is thinking about an Executive Order to STOP COMMON CORE.
We need to vote, a simple yes or no on the following link. This information will be received by the Governor.
And send it forward to your mass email list. Lets blow the numbers away.
ACTION ITEM #3:
If you can please make the trip to Tallahassee this Wednesday, September 25th if not please make telephone and/or email contact with all members of the K-12 Subcommittee on Education and ask for their support of HB 25.
Please go to Florida Parents Against Common Core’s website and sign up for updates on the right hand side of the page. It is critical we get your information so we can get good numbers on how many people oppose Common Core. Your information will not be shared. Here is the website:
Please write or call Debbie Mayfield and thank her for sponsoring HR 25
the Common Core Pause Bill
1053 20th Place
Vero Beach, FL 32960-5359
Phone: (772) 778-5077
303 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Please write or call Janet Adkins (the chair of the K-12 Committee) and ask her to support HR 25
The Common Core Pause Bill
905 South 8th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
405 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Please write or call Will Weatherford (the Speaker of the House) and ask him to support HR 25
the Common Core Pause Bill.
To email go to :
Scroll down to his name, click on it, under his picture click on directions to email and complete your message.
Information on HR 25:
General Bill by Mayfield (CO-SPONSORS) Broxson; Eagle
Public School Curricular Standards and Assessments: Prohibits State Board of Education from continuing to implement common core standards until certain requirements are met; provides requirements for adoption or revision of curricular standards; requires state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state from implementing certain assessments & requires state to adopt & implement new assessments; prohibits state board from entering into certain agreements.
Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:41 PM
ACTION ITEM #4:
COALITION ON THE CAPITOL!
The "countdown" to session begins with committee week. We have all been busy educating our friends, neighbors, and each other about the evils of Common Core-now the time has come for action! Committee week is the first "battle" in a war that we have every intention of winning so let's "rally the troops" and rally in Tally to show our legislators that no means NO!!!!
PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:30!
If you are a member of a group, please bring group banner or sign for press conf. backdrop.
Wednesday, September 25th, 10am
22nd floor of Capitol Building
For presentation and training
Press conference at 11:30
to be followed by lobbying key legislators.
Please register to facilitate a quicker check-in at meeting. It also helps us to accommodate everyone better.
Huge thanks to Catherine Baer of Tea Party Network for holding a block of hotels rooms for our event!
Comfort Inn and Suites has blocked 20 rooms for the nights of Sept 24th and Sept 25th at a rate of $84.00 per night when using "Common Core" to reserve the room. Their contact information and location:
1026 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL
Two of the leaders from Florida Parents Against Common Core, Debbie Higginbotham and Laura Zorc will be in Tallahassee next week meeting with legislators, please pray for them if you are a person of faith. Also call members of the K-12 Subcommittee and ask for them to support H25. Especially Janet Adkins
Adkins, Janet H. [R] Chair Phone: (850) 717-5011 or (904) 246-0532 call even if she isn't your Representatives but FYI she represents Nassau and Part of Duval
Diaz, Jr., Manny [R] Vice Chair 1-850-717-5103
Clarke-Reed, Gwyndolen "Gwyn" [D] Democratic Ranking Member 1-850-717-5092
Baxley, Dennis K. [R] 1-850-717-5023
Bracy, Randolph [D] 1-850-717-5045
Castor Dentel, Karen [D] 1-850-717-5030
Eagle, Dane [R] 1-850-717-5077
Hood, Jr., Charles David "Dave" [R] 1-580-717-5025
Porter, Elizabeth W. [R] 1-850-717-5010
Raburn, Jake [R] 1-850-717-5057
Renuart, Ronald "Doc" [R] Phone: (850) 717-5017 Phone: (904) 273-4466 Part of St. Johns
Stark, Richard [D] 1-850-717-5104
Zimmermann, Carl F. "Z" [D] 1-850-717-5065
To email the above click on:
Scroll down to the name, click on it, under the picture click on directions to email and complete your message.
AND ATTEND THE RALLY IN TALLY IF YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please do any or all of the Action Items above as our voices have made a difference. We are creating an awareness of the concerns. We need to continue to reach out and educate everyone we come into contact with. Continued pressure on our elected officials is of the utmost importance and the window of opportunity to stop this take over of our children is here. We must act NOW.
Thank you for your support
God Bless You and God Bless OUR America.