By JAVIER MANJARRESFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his supporters for Common Core are not too happy with the uptick in pushback that his national education standards initiative is receiving both in Florida, and around the country.
Bush’s foundation, Florida’s Future is hitting back at Common Core detractors, including Michelle Malkin, who is a Fox News’ contributor and one of the most outspoken critic of Common Core, saying that their claims against the education standards, are “misinformed.”
Patricia Levesque, who is the executive director of the foundation, is saying that “Common Core is the next step in Florida’s education evolution, which began with the changes enacted under Bush in 1999.”
But while Levesque, Bush and others are quick to rattle off favorable claims that support the education standards in Florida, like increased graduation rates, no one is touching the hot-button issue of the Obamacare-esque student information data-mining attached to Common Core.
“The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.”- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education
Florida Representative Debbie Mayfield (R) recently filed legislation to to “Stop Common Core,” saying that “We need to stop Common Core going through,” adding, “We don’t need to be giving up states’ rights.”
Republican Congressional candidate Jorge Bonilla, who is challenging Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, told a group of 2nd Amendment activists in St. Cloud, Florida that “Our children deserve education, not indoctrination,” echoed what Senator Marco Rubio stated a couple months ago about Common Core.
Rubio said that he was opposed “to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard.”
Rubio added that “State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.”Rubio’s statement to the Shark Tank grabbed national attention, as it directly put him in conflict with his political mentor, Jeb Bush, who according to sources, has taken issue with the junior Senator’s position on Common Core.
Gov. Rick Scott earlier supported Common Core, but hasn’t said much lately as criticism rises — especially from the tea party wing of the Republican Party that was so key to his 2010 election.
Scott has gone on record of saying that he opposing the education standard’s data-mining efforts.
With both Rubio and Bush contemplating a 2016 Presidential run, Common Core could be the one issue that sinks one possible presidential campaign, while simultaneously catapulting another.
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