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Council should rebuff anti-Common Cause effort

In February, Keith Flaugh of the SWFL Citizen's Alliance lambasted the five of seven Marco Island City Council members who did not support his anti-Common Core resolution, calling on the Florida Legislature to throw out the Common Core standards for public schools.

The council members led by chairman Larry Sacher, including Joe Batte, Bob Brown, Ken Honneker and Larry Honig, were correct, showing wisdom and independent thinking when they ruled his request as outside their area of expertise and scope of responsibility, relying instead on the education experts and the legislators to decide.

The anti-Common Core bill supported by Keith Flaugh was ignored by the Florida House of Representatives, who instead voted unanimously to support a competing bill fully implementing the Common Core standards as part of the Florida Sunshine State Standards.

They also modified the state assessments, eliminating the requirement for all except for the year-end standards competency tests. This bill is expected to fly through the Florida Senate very soon.

Keith is bringing back his modified resolution to be voted on again by the city council on April 6. The resolution calls for giving local districts control of setting their own standards, in direct contradiction to the unanimous, bipartisan decision of the state House. The council members would be wise again to rebuff this untenable resolution.

Lee Willer-Spector

Marco Island

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