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Teachers, parents sound off about Common Core

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Back in the day, kids were expected to learn the three "R's": Reading, writing and arithmetic. These days it's called the Common Core standards.

The new learning standards have come with a lot of controversy, and have even sparked a fierce political battle.

Three years ago, Florida adopted these federal standards for math and English. They are stricter than the old standards and are supposed to be fully implemented in our schools next year.

Critics say the state should not regulate education. They say school districts should set their own standards.

Recently, the Florida Board of Education asked the public to tell them how they feel about common core. More than 19,000 people including parents and teachers went to the website to post their thoughts.

There were both positive and negative responses.

One parent said she likes Common Core.

"Keep the common core state standards. Students in Florida need to be held to the same high standards as the rest of the United States. We want our students to be able to compete in the job market now and in the future."

One elementary school teacher was not in favor of the new standards.

"Write arguments??? Really?? Can we save it for law school? My kiddos just want to write stories and use their imaginations," she said.

An outside firm will analyze the public comments and present the findings this spring to the state board.

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