Collier County Commissioners to vote on anti-Common Core resolution this week

The Agenda for Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting is out, and at the recommendation of Commissioner Tom Henning, an anti-Common Core resolution is on it:Agenda Item 10.C.: Recommendation to adopt a Resolution petitioning the District School Board of Collier County, the Florida Legislature, and Governor Rick Scott to reclaim Florida’s educational sovereignty and return … Continue reading Collier County Commissioners to vote on anti-Common Core resolution this week

Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 1 (Originally posted 6/10/14)

I first became aware of the intense emotions and controversy over the Common Core State Standards (“Common Core,” “CCSS” or “the Standards”) at an information session for parents, teachers and community members at the Collier County School District Administrative Center in May 2013.During the Q&A that followed, “the discussion got heated,” reported WINK News (putting it mildly), … Continue reading Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 1 (Originally posted 6/10/14)

Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 2 (Originally posted 6/16/14)

In Part 1 of this post, I wrote about the Common Core State Standards, explaining what they are, how, why and by whom they were developed, and how Florida became involved with them.I chose this topic because I believe opposition to the Common Core is likely to be one of the topics voters will be … Continue reading Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 2 (Originally posted 6/16/14)

Recent focus on textbooks and Common Core: why now, and what’s at stake

There’s been a lot of talk, media coverage and misinformation in recent weeks about textbook review committees, censorship, and the Common Core standards. The editorial in Thursday’s Naples Daily News ("Textbooks not key Collier board issue") made some important points. But there’s more to the story: Where is all this focus on textbooks coming from? … Continue reading Recent focus on textbooks and Common Core: why now, and what’s at stake