Florida Governor Rick Scott supports Common Core. Scott has openly supported and campaigned for the higher educational standards, which has lead to many of the 2010 grassroots activists, who supported his campaign, to take pause with his decision to push through higher education standards.
During a Q & A with reporters in Miami, Florida, Scott was asked about the controversial issue.
Scott stated that Floridians “should be proud of our K-12 educational system,” adding that “4th graders are number two in the world in reading,” and that “4th and 8th graders have the highest achievement rates than anywhere else in the country.”
In addition, Scott said that Florida has the “highest graduation rate for Hispanic students in the country” and that statewide, teachers, administrator and superintendents, “all agree with (education) measurement,” and “that the educational system and testing is tied to critical thinking and problem-solving.”
But when asked him he supported the data mining aspect of Common Core, Scott answered ‘no’ to the question.
Scott faces a tough re-election in 2014, and will need to thoroughly address the Common Core issue, if he expects to receive conservative grassroots support.