The crowd of nearly 100 parents and activists gathered at Wellington High School last week was restless.
The three-hour town hall to discuss new Common Core State Standards, arguably the hottest education issue in the state — and country — was late getting started and few in attendance appeared in the mood to listen.
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To comment on the Common Core State Standards go to www.flstandards.orgthrough Oct. 31.
The state will also hold three public hearings in Tampa Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. The closest is in Broward Oct. 16 at the Davie campus of Broward College from 5 to 8 p.m.
Source: Florida Department of Education.
WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
The standards, which only deal with math and language arts, are a set of skills taught at each grade level so students are either college- or career-ready after high school. They are uniform with standards in every state that participates.
The state Department of Education says on its Web site that local school districts have the flexibility to design their own curriculum, though opponents dispute this.
Florida adopted the standards in 2010, followed by 40 more states in 2011.