Florida's governor is being praised for ending the state's Common Core as promised and an education watchdog says it appears to be the real deal.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Gov. Ron DeSantis promised Floridians last year he would address Common Core and issued an executive order that drops Common Core goals in two subjects, language arts and math.
"It appears,” says Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute, “that the governor is trying to come up with something that is substantially different from the Common Core."
DeSantis, who narrowly won election in 2019, has introduced Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) for K-12 public school students. He also ordered a review of academic standards that is now complete, Breitbart News reported in a January story.
According to Breitbart, former governor Jeb Bush supported Common Core for the state’s public education system. The state “rebranded” the controversial benchmarks as the “Florida Standards” but it was really Common Core under another name, the story says.
DeSantis, however, has said he intends to “remove all vestiges” of Common Core and “return to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
A major change to the new public education curriculum is emphasis on civics, including studying America’s founding documents and a civics exam for Florida’s high school students.
According to McCluskey, it would not be surprising to see "overlap" between Common Core and the new education standards because some of the basics are covered under both.