Nearly three hours into a public hearing on the Common Core State Standards, Florida Department of Education officials have heard both criticism and praise on the standards from more than 40 speakers, which include teachers, parents and other community members.
The first of three public hearings to be held across the state, the Tampa hearing began at 5 p.m. in the student services auditorium on Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry campus.
The education department is hosting the meetings to gather input from the community on math and English language arts standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The meetings were scheduled after Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order for the state to pull out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a testing consortium tied to the standards.