I would like to suggest a last ditch effort to repeal common core in Florida. All efforts to appeal to our elected officials have not worked. if you are like me you must have wondered why politicians who espouse smaller government and parental rights seemly ignore or even encourage the obvious destruction of both. People we once respected and even admired seemed to have turned their back us and their own principles.
In Florida, We have been calling our governor, our state legislatures, and every elected or appointed official of a year trying to convince them to stop common core. Now there are bills in both Florida houses , HB25 and SB1316 that would do just that and never see the light of day. Both are set to die in committee. Now we know why. We learned that we never had a chance to get rid of common core. The fix was in, no matter what the parents and teachers of Florida wanted, Florida was keeping common core.
This video shows Will Weatherford, the Speaker of the Florida House Will Weatherford assuring the Florida Council of 100 that we are keeping common core. Represenative Weatherforn said “I just want to know the state of Florida is going to have a higher standard they’re going to be common core standards are going to be applicable to the rest of the country they may be called something else I don’t know but at the end of the day the actual standards will be there in the state of Florida will support them and we will have an assessment to determine how our students are learning we will have that”
So there we have it! We can call, beg, threaten and plead, and still we will have common core in the fall in Florida. The common core train wreck has left the station and the people we elected will not do a thing to stop it because that do they work for the The Council of 100 not their constituents.
So let us forget about untrustwrhty politicians and take our case up the chain of command right to the m. mbers of the Florida Council of 100.Many of our legislators are not runnning or running unaoposed< a proble we shoud adress. What it means now is that thay do nopt give a damn what we think or want. However the buisbness men and won=men on the Council areopposed by their conpetition, so thay may care what we think. If concil members like the CEO pf Publix call Weathorford or Goetz the That call will be qnaswerd.
If we are polite but firm It may be pssible to get these bill to the floor for a vote.
or someone behind them is really running Florida. This is why our elected officials ignore us and remain obstantily ignorant about the obvious problems with common core. They have their orders and The Boards of Education changed the name so why risk the wrath of Jeb Bush? Most of our senators are running unopposed so voters be damned.
Legislature has a better chance of working than relying of the establishment in Tallahassee.
That is to apply gentle but firm public pressure on the businesses that seem to be promoting common core as non-profit organizations such as the Florida Council of 100. The members of this organization need to understand that we do not support common core and why. it is possible they if we contact the actual members of the Council of 100 by in-person, email, fax and phone that they can do what the voters have been unable to do. Which is to get HB25 and SB1316 to a vote.
Transcript of Will Weatherford speech to the Florida council of 100:
“I just want to know the state of Florida is going to have a higher standard they’re going to be common core standards are going to be applicable to the rest of the country they may be called something else I don’t know but at the end of the day the actual standards will be there in the state of Florida will support them and we will have an assessment to determine how our students are learning we will have that”
So there it is! we can call, beg, threaten and plead, and still we will have common core in the fall in Florida. The Council of 100 or someone behind them is really running Florida. This is why our elected officials ignore us and remain obstantily ignorant about the obvious problems with common core. They have their orders and The Boards of Education changed the name so why risk the wrath of Jeb Bush? Most of our senators are running unopposed so voters be damned.
This is why It only makes sense to take our case to the business men and women on the Florida Council of 100. Many of whom may not be informed about common core support it as a general principle I amy bewrong bou I did nor=t hear nny whare neaar 100 prople apluding Will WEathorfords statement abou kepping common core . The council members are the bosses but many may not care about education policy at all. It is our job to make tham care, to make them understand waht is wrong with common core and why we oppose it. We sholud not allow them to blindly become attaced to the back lah against common core that our elected officials seem to want to do. Thay have opposition in the form of competitors.
Some like one Senator trade his mony rasiing abiliy (with the paybor with a few excoeprions are delibertyly
o funor even worst try to trick us by re-branding common core to make it “Florida’s standards”. We can not get our legislators to act becasue most of them are running without opposition. Even unopposed many rake in a fortune in campaing contributions. Goups like the Florida Council of 100 doanate the money and get to tell the Legislature whicjh bills to pass and whaich to let die in commniteee. This is whay we havn’t and will not make any progress politically.
and blinndly pull our children into an untested and intrusive educational nihgt nere. Florida is getting spending millions upon millions of our tax dollars to enact a system that is curreny failing miserbly in the first state to fiully imlemnt connon core Nr=ew York State. Time Magazine’s article in the April 21st edition “Skipping Out, Common Core Rest Spark a Parents revolt” is just one of many stories that prove two things. One is that common core is a failure that is harming children and two parents will revolt to protect thier children. With all the information available about common core and with common core so obviously nohing but a means to sieze control of our children and to tap into state tax money there can be only one conclusion made about those who leaving assessmants psysological go down when we ask for the elected officials and Jeb Bush runs the Florida Department of Education. A non profit group In the Public Interest released Thousands of emails that “ conclusively reveal that FEE staff acted to promote their corporate funders’ priorities, and demonstrate the dangerous role that corporate money plays in shaping our education policy.”
Now the question is who on the FC100 is supporting Common core? The council sent , Three letters out to Florida officials and elected leadership thanking them for supporting common core; one to the Florida Senate Leader, Gaetz and spoeaker of the Florida House, Will Weatherford , another to Governor Scott in 2013 and one to Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand, in 2014, thanking them for supporting common core. Do they actually know what common core really is and how harmful it is to our children?
We know some of the business leaders o the council. They may be your friends or neighbors. We should find out they support common core. May be they need a little education about education.However, I would point out that the following members of the Florida Council of 100 also serve as a membersas Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future one of of Jeb Bush’s so called “charities”:
Susan Pareigis President and CEO of the Florida Council of 100
Carlos J. Alfonso Chief Executive Officer Alliant Partners LLC/Alfonso Architects Carlos Alfonso
Lou Plasencia Chairman and CEO The Plasencia Group
Manny A. Fernandez Chairman Sysco Corporation
David F. Dyer David F. Dyer President and CEO Chico’s FAS, Inc.
Jeb Bush seems to be behind every effort to repeal common core and return sanity and parental control back into our school system. Other then the faxt that he is a big goverment progressive he has other reason to support common core. Bill gates who has is been behind common core from it’s inception.
From 2009 to 2013 Bill Gates has piad for Jeb Bush over $5,000,000 to push common core and his UNESCo alighned education agenda.
In December 2012 Bill Gates donated $315,000 to the Florida Council of 100 Inc., “to educate Florida’s business and civic leaders on the need for rigorous standards & assessments”
- October 2010, to Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. to launch the Digital Learning Council in an effort to bring digital learning to every school, every classroom, and every child $501,485
- October 2011, to Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. for general operating support, $1,000,000
- June 2012 , to Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. to complete a statewide communications campaign in Florida delivering the message on why there is a drop in school grades, why it is temporary, and how raising the bar on education standards leads to greater student success, $151,068
- August 2013 , to Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. for general operating support, $1,500,000
- October 2013 o Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc to support Common Core implementation, $2,000,000
If we cannot get anywhere with the people like Weatherford, Gaetz, Scott and Stewart, then we need to go up the chain of command and contact the Council of 100 members themselves and ask them: why they support common core and to tell them why we do not!
Any contact information that can be found on the members will be posted on this blog, or feel free to add a post or comment, so please check back. And update us if you learn anything that will help us fight common core.
Video of the Speaker of the Florida House Will Weatherford basically saying what we all knew, that the fix was in with common core. attached is a letter from the Florida Council of 100 Chairman Chartrand for keeping common core.
I think we should start calling the people on this letter (council members) and the officers for the council on this website and ask the why they support common core.
Also ask them ans the Florida politicians to read the article in Time Magazine about the rebellion against common core in New York State.
There is only one week to stop common core this year!
On 4/11/2014 8:42 AM, jjryan2000 wrote:
Will Common Core Undo Rick Scott’s re-election? Yes if we do not stop it!
After recent phone call the two committees that have essentially been sitting on HB25 and SB1316 which would repeal common core, the situation is that if nothing changes, common core, the assessments, the teacher evaluations, and everything else that Bill Gates and Barak Obama wanted are here to stay. Gates paid Jeb Bush 2.5 million to deliver Florida students to the common core Gulag and deliver them he did. Now Florida parents and their children will be paying for their own indoctrination. Paying millions to the same Big Ed companies that invented common core. All this thanks to a Republians led legislature and governorship.
I believe this means is that Governor Scott will lose the election. He will lose a significant amount of his base. A Sunshine State news poll shows that 54% of his base will not vote for him due to his support of common core. I must confess, I will have a hard time voting for him is common core is still here. Having him stand up against common core would ensure his victory but may not work if the Republican House and Senate hold onto to common core.
Governor Scott had a historic opportunity to stop common core without being forced to. If he does nothing or worse keeps saying Florida has their own standards, I think he will be for blamed for common core. Charlie Crist actual signed us into common core, but Governor Scott was in charge when efforts to stop it were quelled and when they were implemented. Coronel Allen West said as “ If Gov. Scott does not clearly renounce the Common Core for Florida, he WILL loose the upcoming election” If Governor Scott feels he has to obey Jeb Bush then he will learn true cut throat politics that only a dedicated progressive like Jeb can show him. If Senator Thrasher want to get his appointment to head some Florida college than he better deliver on getting Governor Scott reelected. Governor Scott could will easily if he speak up before the legislative session is over. But he will be condemned by his silence
I am going to try any way. I have copied the candidate for Florida House and Senate below, but nobody is even running against these people who would sell our children for political favors. If you get any positive response please let me know, I now need to make plans for what will result from this betrayal and it does not involve politics.
The Florida TACtion Center has an urgent action page that allows you to email each member on the committee that is holding up the repeal of common core. http://fltac.org/action/stop-common-core-action/
Call the Senate Education Committee and the and House Education Appropiations Committee and ask them to approve SB1316 and HB 25; both are called the “Public School Curricular Standards and Assessments” bill.
The Liberty Action center has a webpage where you can email your senator, the governor and others by filling out a single form. http://libertyactioncenter.com/campaign/52ddaf18-f34c-40be-a8ae-5dd032741282
Talking points and more information at http://stopcommoncoreflorida.com/