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Thousands of comments shared on higher standards for Florida's students

Tallahassee Democrat: "…avalanche of more than 7,000 emails and online comments the department has received…"

By Travis Pillow, Tallahassee Democrat
October 18, 2013

"Crowds flood education officials with comments on Common Core standards"

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When Florida adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, the Department of Education sought comments from the public and received input from teachers and all 12 state universities.

But the level of interest then paled in comparison to the avalanche of more than 7,000 emails and online comments the department has received in the wake of an executive order issued last month by Gov. Rick Scott.

Hundreds of people lined up to speak at town halls this week in Tampa and Davie, and more than 60 weighed in Thursday at Tallahassee Community College's Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education.

Tampa Tribune: "The meeting was extended to give everyone in the large crowd a chance to speak."

By Erin Kourkounis, Tampa Tribune
October 15, 2013

"Common Core draws criticism, praise in first public hearing"

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Florida Department of Education officials left a five-hour public hearing in Tampa on Tuesday equipped with feedback from about 70 people. The meeting was extended to give everyone in the large crowd a chance to speak.

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia urged the state, teachers and parents to embrace the standards. … "Our state is moving forward in a smart and thoughtful way. We have to prepare students for after high school, whatever they choose to do."

Orlando Sentinel: "Florida kicked off the first of three public hearings on Common Core academic standards Tuesday evening in Tampa, with a crowd of more than 200 people attending."

By Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel
October 15, 2013

"More than 200 debate Common Core school standards"

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Advocates say the standards are better than Florida's current ones and will help more students leave high school ready for college or decent-paying jobs.

In addition to the three hearings, the Florida Department of Education is also taking comments on Common Core online. More than 5,000 comments have been logged so far.

Sun Sentinel: "The more than five-hour hearing at Broward College drew more than 100 teachers, elected officials and concerned citizens"

By Karen Yi, Sun Sentinel
October 16, 2013

"Supporters, opponents of Common Core clash at hearing"

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It was the second of three meetings ordered by Gov. Rick Scott as a way to gather public input to strengthen the standards already being rolled out in the classrooms.

The more than five-hour hearing at Broward College drew more than 100 teachers, elected officials and concerned citizens. Some came to tout the standard's emphasis on critical thinking as opposed to rote memorization.

State Impact: "Whether or not you can make it to Davie tonight, we want you to be part of the conversation."

By Sammy Mack, State Impact
October 16, 2013

"Tonight: Join Us For A Conversation About The Common Core Hearings"

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Wednesday marks the second of three Common Core hearings Florida is holding in an effort to get feedback from parents and communities about the state's new education standards.

Whether or not you can make it to Davie tonight, we want you to be part of the conversation.

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