Florida Gov. Rick Scott, certainly used to criticism, was subjected to even more during the past week due to his controversial decision related to Common Core State Standards. The program seeks to create nationwide standards for the country’s public education system and does so by creating common curriculum and testing procedures.
Though some assert that Scott has withdrawn Florida from the program completely, this is far from true. In reality, all Scott ordered was that Florida withdraw from the nationwide tests, not the standardized curriculum. The governor had been facing criticism from many conservative groups that feared that the organization in charge of the tests, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, would put too much government overreach into Florida’s school system.