Action Items for Common Core. FLORIDA

This is a critical week for work to stop Common Core in Florida and so many people have been hard at work for our children. Please make every attempt possible to make contacts as defined below. Our elected officials in Tallahassee need to hear from us.


Please read the article from The Tampa Tribune as background then call and/or email Senator John Legg R-Lutz, Florida who is a supporter of Common Core but who wants to hear from the people as to their concerns.

District Office:
262 Crystal Grove Blvd.
Lutz, Fl 33548
Telephone: 1-813-909-9919 - (FAX: 888-263-2681)
His Tallahassee phone number is: 1-850-487-2017

The Tampa Tribune article:
LAND O’ LAKES — With questions and concerns brewing about Common Core State Standards, state Sen. John Legg is hoping to pinpoint just what the problems are.
Legg, R-Lutz, a supporter of Common Core, is asking Floridians to review the new education standards on the Florida Senate website and send him an email with comments, suggestions or concerns. He asks that residents specify which standards interest them.
The text of the standards can be viewed via the Education Committee page of the Senate website at or on the state Department of Education website at
Math and language arts are the only subjects for which standards have been developed for so far.
Legg is chairman of the Education Committee, and his email address is
Common Core State Standards are national standards that have been adopted by 45 states, including Florida, and the District of Columbia. Proponents say the standards provide more depth of learning and will better prepare students for college, the workforce and competition in a global economy.
A growing number of critics say the standards aren’t as rigorous as proponents claim and represent a federal intrusion into what should be state and local decisions about education. Some opponents express concerns that data collected could violate student privacy.
Among the critics is a group called Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, which argues that Common Core will “harm the quality of education in Florida, violate our children’s, families’ and teachers’ privacy rights, deny state sovereignty and local control, and be unsustainably expensive.”
The standards already are being phased in and are to be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among the supporters are President Barack Obama, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is among those who oppose Common Core.
The standards specify the mastery of a subject students should be able to demonstrate. For example, one of the sixth-grade standards for language arts says students should be able to “determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative and technical meanings.”
One of the third-grade math standards says students should be able to “use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.”
Legg has said he often hears complaints about Common Core. But, he says, when he asks people to review the standards, they can’t point to anything to which they object.
Pasco County School Board members say they are concerned that misinformation is being spread about Common Core. They plan a workshop Oct. 1 to discuss the standards. In addition, in an effort to educate the public about Common Core, the school district is preparing a brochure and has videos on its website.
Superintendent Kurt Browning told the board Tuesday evening that the district’s transition to Common Core is “hard work” but that he is convinced it’s the right thing to do.
“Next year, with full implementation of Common Core, it will be worth it all,” Browning said.


This item will take no longer than 10 seconds and is critical. I do not know if you have heard but there is conversation that Governor Scott is thinking about an Executive Order to STOP COMMON CORE.
We need to vote, a simple yes or no on the following link. This information will be received by the Governor.

And send it forward to your mass email list. Lets blow the numbers away.


If you can please make the trip to Tallahassee this Wednesday, September 25th if not please make telephone and/or email contact with all members of the K-12 Subcommittee on Education and ask for their support of HB 25.

Please go to Florida Parents Against Common Core’s website and sign up for updates on the right hand side of the page. It is critical we get your information so we can get good numbers on how many people oppose Common Core. Your information will not be shared. Here is the website:

Please write or call Debbie Mayfield and thank her for sponsoring HR 25
the Common Core Pause Bill
Debbie Mayfield
1053 20th Place
Vero Beach, FL 32960-5359
Phone: (772) 778-5077
303 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850)717-5054

Please write or call Janet Adkins (the chair of the K-12 Committee) and ask her to support HR 25
The Common Core Pause Bill
Janet Adkins
905 South 8th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 491-3664
405 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Please write or call Will Weatherford (the Speaker of the House) and ask him to support HR 25
the Common Core Pause Bill.
To email go to :
Scroll down to his name, click on it, under his picture click on directions to email and complete your message.

Information on HR 25:
General Bill by Mayfield (CO-SPONSORS) Broxson; Eagle
Public School Curricular Standards and Assessments: Prohibits State Board of Education from continuing to implement common core standards until certain requirements are met; provides requirements for adoption or revision of curricular standards; requires state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state from implementing certain assessments & requires state to adopt & implement new assessments; prohibits state board from entering into certain agreements.
Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Event: Filed on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:41 PM


The "countdown" to session begins with committee week. We have all been busy educating our friends, neighbors, and each other about the evils of Common Core-now the time has come for action! Committee week is the first "battle" in a war that we have every intention of winning so let's "rally the troops" and rally in Tally to show our legislators that no means NO!!!!

If you are a member of a group, please bring group banner or sign for press conf. backdrop.
Wednesday, September 25th, 10am
22nd floor of Capitol Building
For presentation and training
Press conference at 11:30
to be followed by lobbying key legislators.
Please register to facilitate a quicker check-in at meeting. It also helps us to accommodate everyone better.

Huge thanks to Catherine Baer of Tea Party Network for holding a block of hotels rooms for our event!
Comfort Inn and Suites has blocked 20 rooms for the nights of Sept 24th and Sept 25th at a rate of $84.00 per night when using "Common Core" to reserve the room. Their contact information and location:
1026 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL
(850) 224-3200

Two of the leaders from Florida Parents Against Common Core, Debbie Higginbotham and Laura Zorc will be in Tallahassee next week meeting with legislators, please pray for them if you are a person of faith. Also call members of the K-12 Subcommittee and ask for them to support H25. Especially Janet Adkins

Adkins, Janet H. [R] Chair Phone: (850) 717-5011 or (904) 246-0532 call even if she isn't your Representatives but FYI she represents Nassau and Part of Duval

Diaz, Jr., Manny [R] Vice Chair 1-850-717-5103

Clarke-Reed, Gwyndolen "Gwyn" [D] Democratic Ranking Member 1-850-717-5092

Baxley, Dennis K. [R] 1-850-717-5023

Bracy, Randolph [D] 1-850-717-5045

Castor Dentel, Karen [D] 1-850-717-5030

Eagle, Dane [R] 1-850-717-5077

Hood, Jr., Charles David "Dave" [R] 1-580-717-5025

Porter, Elizabeth W. [R] 1-850-717-5010

Raburn, Jake [R] 1-850-717-5057

Renuart, Ronald "Doc" [R] Phone: (850) 717-5017 Phone: (904) 273-4466 Part of St. Johns

Stark, Richard [D] 1-850-717-5104

Zimmermann, Carl F. "Z" [D] 1-850-717-5065

To email the above click on:

Scroll down to the name, click on it, under the picture click on directions to email and complete your message.

Please do any or all of the Action Items above as our voices have made a difference. We are creating an awareness of the concerns. We need to continue to reach out and educate everyone we come into contact with. Continued pressure on our elected officials is of the utmost importance and the window of opportunity to stop this take over of our children is here. We must act NOW.

Thank you for your support

God Bless You and God Bless OUR America.


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Comment by Joyce F on September 24, 2013 at 12:59pm

Open Meeting: September 24, 2013 - 6:30pm


You are patriotically invited to attend our open meeting held at the Village Inn located at 900 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St. Augustine. Our special guest will be Karen Schoen, a renowned activist dedicated to educating Americans about the communist United Nations takeover of America called UN Agenda 21. In addition to writing numerous internet blogs, Karen is one of the founders of the AgEnders (Americans ending Agenda 21). She is also co-host of “American Freedom Watch Radio,” and is now a candidate for Florida State Representative in District 5.

Comment by Leanne King on September 24, 2013 at 8:11am

This came out late yesterday.

Response to the Governor's Executive Order and Letters

September, 2013
The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition and Florida Parents Against Common Core
Response to Governor Scott's Executive Order and Letters

Governor Rick Scott issued the following documents today in response to the many problems with the Common Core standards, aligned tests, data collection system, and accountability system:
  1. A letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan terminating the fiscal agent relationship with PARCC;
  2. A letter to Florida State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand detailing the governor's requests regarding public input on the standards, ceasing use of the national text examplars of the Common Core standards, the termination of the PARCC fiscal agent role, and the selection of a new state assessment; and
  3. An executive order detailing parameters to deal with the issues of the assessments, school accountability, teacher evaluations, and data security.
The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition heartily commends the governor's efforts to hear the concerns of Florida parents and citizens about the many problems with the Common Core system of standards, aligned assessments, and data collection.  These include issues regarding quality; state and local control; parental rights; the teaching, testing, and data collection of psychological parameters; and cost.  We thank Governor Scott and look forward to working with him, the legislature, Commissioner Stewart and the State Board of Education to:
  1. Make sure that the Common Core standards are changed to become Florida's standards after being reviewed by outside experts and the public with real input so that they truly are rigorous, internationally benchmarked, developmentally appropriate, locally controlled, with parents having a say in standards and curriculum, and do not promote the teaching of psychological attitudes and beliefs;
  2. Insure that Florida does not lose control over its assessment again by choosing a national "off the shelf" assessment still aligned to the national standards or federal model curriculum; that Florida completely withdraws from PARCC and not merely its role as fiscal agent; it is truly Florida's assessment based on Florida's standards instead of the national Common Core standards with state comparability already achieved through the National Assessment of Educational Progress; and that any testing of psychological or attitudinal parameters in the academic assessments is strictly prohibited;
  3. Change the law to make sure student, family, and teacher privacy is truly protected not only via the data security issues mentioned in the governor's executive order, but that the type of data collected does not include non-academic political, religious, medical, psychological, biometric, or social data.

A broad consortium of organizations opposed to Common Core will be holding a press conference on the 22nd floor of the capitol building at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, September 25th to discuss these issues and pending legislation.

Florida Stop Common Core Coalition

- See more at:
Comment by Leanne King on September 23, 2013 at 11:02pm

Great post Patty. Thanks for the information.

Comment by Leanne King on September 23, 2013 at 11:01pm

This is what I heard at a Common Core meeting about the money. Not 100% sure it is right.

That if CC is stopped, the money spent to date does not have to be paid back but unspent money goes back to the Feds.

Comment by Leanne King on September 23, 2013 at 11:33am

I just received this.  While it may be one step I still have many concerns about the curriculum and how all of this wraps together. I will send this on to the experts and seek their input. I know that this sounds good, but the devil is always in the details.

Scott to announce Florida is abandoning PARCC testing

by John Kennedy | September 23rd, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott is expected today to tell U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that Florida is withdrawing from the testing system designed to evaluate the new Common Core standards in schools, which rattles former Gov. Jeb Bush’s defense of the nationwide program in his home state.

Scott plans to send a letter to Duncan announcing that Florida will no longer take part in the nationwide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, according to those briefed by Scott’s office in the matter.

State legislative leaders earlier this summer also said they wanted to back away from the PARCC and develop a Florida-only testing system.

The Florida Board of Education, meeting in West Palm Beach last week, ordered state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to start looking at what it would take to develop a state-only system in time for 2014-15, when Common Core is set to be fuly implemented in Florida.

Scott will echo this request to Stewart in a second letter today. He also will reiterate his support for Common Core, despite calls from critics for Florida to abandon it.

Scott, who earlier said he supported Common Core and huddled recently with Bush and other backers, has been mostly quiet on the subject in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, opponents from the political right and left have been calling for the state to withdraw, blistering Common Core either as government overreach or another step toward “teaching to the test” in schools.

Scott today also is expected to issue an executive order, setting the framework for state education officials to enact his policy switch.

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