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Rick Scott Could be Reassessing His Support for Common Core

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has asked interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to put together a group of some 30 “legislators, school superintendents, school board officials, teachers and critics of new education standards to examine everything from high-stakes testing to the grading system itself,” to discuss the new and controversial Common Core Standards that are slated to go into effect in 2014.

Scott is saying that Florida’s school grading system has arrived at a “critical point,” and after seeing elected officials like Senator Marco Rubio, and grassroots activists, push back against his support for Common Core, Scott may start to hedge his support for the proposed education standards.

Scott, who recently restated his support for ‘higher education standards,” is against Common Core’s data mining component. Why wouldn’t he be?

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the data being mined will include ” name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.” 

“Florida’s education accountability system has become a national model, but we are at a critical point in our history.” Gov. Rick Scott

That is one big ‘but” to Common Core. Scott will need the grassroots support to win re-election.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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