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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
Letter of the Day

Common Core standards are a federal intrusion

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Regarding “Tampa Common Core meeting set” (Metro, Oct. 7): Those quoted would very much like to control the narrative at the meeting to keep the discussion limited to the standards. I would like to point out that Common Core is a multi-faceted initiative in which the standards are the least offensive.

Gov. Rick Scott, in a letter to Gary Chartrand, chairman of the State Board of Education, directed that the public meetings should “... identify any opportunities to strengthen standards ... or eliminate federal government intrusion into our classrooms by rejecting federal mandates related to Common Core-based curriculum, assessments or instructional materials.”

Scott is trying to shine the light of transparency on an issue that's been implemented in a way that's anything but transparent. State Sen. John Legg continues to insist that the standards are the only issue because he knows that federal intrusion into state and local education is unconditional.

Shame on you, Sen. Legg. I think you and Jeb Bush are both good people, but you are on the wrong side of this issue. I can only guess that there's a lot of money to be made at the expense of our children's education.

Nathalie Tomczak

Valrico

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