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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Did Pam Stewart, Florida education commissioner, lie to the people of Florida?

If you read this exchange published in State Impact you might think so.

For a brief moment, Common Core critic Cindy Skarda challenged education commissioner Pam Stewart about the cost.

“Are there any cost analysis?” Skarda asked.

“I don’t think we’ve done a cost analysis,” Stewart responded.

“Oh really?” Skarda interrupted. “We don’t know what it’s going to cost but we’re going to implement it?”
Volusia County school board member Candace Lankford said the state must make sure it's choosing the right test for Common Core standards.

“Would you like me answer?” Stewart shot back. “The standards were free for us to adopt.”

“For how long?” Skarda cut in again.

“Our standards don’t cost us anything to implement — or to have as standards,” Stewart said, noting the state already pays for teacher training, testing and new textbooks on a regular schedule. “I don’t believe that there’s an additional cost.”

So Common Core is free? It just magically appears? And do we really believe it’s going to just replace what we have in place now?

Let’s take Jacksonville for instance. Here teachers went to week long academies to be trained. Did the money that they cost miraculously appear too?

The truth is common core is going to cost money, probably a lot of money, and Florida hasn’t done a cost analysis yet?!? What the beep friends, we can’t be that backwards can we?

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