So far, Floridians interested in, or opposed to, Common Core academic standards have left more than 7,500 comments on a state website and sent state officials more than 530 emails. That's a lot but it pales in comparison to that generated when Florida sought comments on its science standards six years ago. Those standards required, for the first time, that evolution be taught, and they were fiercely controversial.
The science standards, adopted in early 2008, generated 20,993 comments and hundreds more emails and letters, according to the Florida Department of Education.
As of 9:30 this morning, the Common Core standards (which cover language arts and math) have prompted 7,578 comments and 532 emails.
The state is taking comments on Common Core until Oct. 31.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she and her staff will use the comments -- plus those made at three public hearings last week -- to consider whether the standards need modifying.
Of course, many of those who spoke against the standards at the hearings in Tampa, Davie and Tallahassee don't want modifications. They want Florida to abandon Common Core, as StateImpact reported.
Stewart said she'll likely present at least some preliminary thoughts on Common Core to the State Board of Education in November.
The State Board adopted Common Core in 2010 and, prior to that, received only 433 comments on what are benchmarks for what students should learn in math, reading and writing.
Gov. Rick Scott last month asked the department to accept additional comments in October, and many more people have responded.
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