For more than a decade Florida has been making steady improvements in education, now ranking sixth nationally according to Education Week. Our students' performance has improved thanks to Florida based initiatives, increased competition, greater choice and local control over our schools. This must be protected.
In July, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford sent a letter to the Education Commissioner requesting that Florida withdraw from the national education consortium known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC. They believe that Florida should be in full control of creating the assessments and curriculum for our students, and not restricted to using a nationally created test. We couldn't agree more. Floridians know what is best for Florida students.
Now, Governor Scott has issued an executive order requiring Florida's withdrawal from PARCC, that Florida control student assessments, and that student data is protected. He made clear that he wants to ensure Florida students have the highest standards possible and that curriculum and instructional materials are decided at the local level.
The time to act is now. Please send an email to your Senator and Representative asking for their support of legislation that will codify Governor Scott's executive order and requests into law.
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