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How dumb does Rick Scott think you are? Very, apparently.

From the Tampa Times: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in an interview with the conservative Report Card blog, pronounced the controversial Common Core State Standards dead in the Sunshine State.

He has in the past been reluctant to take a stance on the standards, which he at one point supported.

 “I like to be positive and say what I am for, not what I am against," he told Report Card. "The Chamber of Commerce came out for Common Core, so rather than specifically renounce it, I preferred to say that The Florida State Standard is now 100% a Florida educational standard, but the fact is, Common Core is out.”

While Scott has said that Florida's standards are its own, Common Core foes often have called him out on this one. They have accurately noted that the Florida Standards are actually the Common Core with the addition of 98 items, mostly related to cursive handwriting and calculus instruction. Supporters of the Common Core did not protest the revisions, saying they were minor and noting the State Board of Education removed nothing.

Scott offered a different version of events to Report Card. He said, "The Florida Standard is derived from the Next Generation Sunshine State Standard, which was derived from earlier versions of the Sunshine State Standards. These standards pre-dated Common Core and a truly Florida’s own standards."

So just to sum up Rick Scott says they are dead but the truth is other than a name change and some minor cosmetic changes they the Florida Standards are the same thing as Common Core.

Gosh, gee, wow, he really thinks we are dumb.


  1. Oh yeah, they are alive and well. Anyone who can read can see that. Just compare the two.

  2. Like lipstick on a pig.

  3. Plagiarism - We aren't the idiots, We can vote idiots out. Bright Futures got a raw deal too. The budget was cut for it, because as Rick Scott claimed the standards went up so not as many students will receive the benefits. He is so right. Vote wisely folks. I know most graduating high school students can vote and they won't be voting for the man that cares nothing about them or their families in hard financial times. Teachers - look what he's done to you. You have to teach to a plagiarized standard.