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Town hall held to educate parents on 'Common Core' education standards

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Parents in Osceola County attended a town hall meeting on Wednesday night.  Organizers hoped to better educate district parents about the new standards that will affect their children.

Osceola County School Board member Tom Long organized the meeting. It took place at the St. Cloud High School.

A few dozen parents came out to discuss the Common Core, the new set of educational standards for students. The program includes a state test that will replace the FCAT.
 
Elise Rolenc has two children in Osceola County schools. She, like dozens of parents at the meeting, is concerned about the new standards.

"If you look at what the children had to write in the 1800s and the early 1900s, nobody could pass that right now," said Rolenc.

Mary Jane Tappen, the Deputy Chancellor for Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education drove down from Tallahassee to speak with parents and deliver a presentation on the program.

The Common Core program was developed as a national response to a 2008 study that showed other countries outshined the US' best and brightest students.

Florida is one of 45 states to sign on. The standards were approved in 2010. Some have already kicked in, but the standards will be fully implemented in all Florida schools during next school year. Some critics question that timing.

In response to their concerns, State Rep. Debbie Mayfield filed House Bill 25.

"That's trying to put a pause on {the program,}" said Long.

"We're not teaching to our children up here, which is where we need to be teaching them to," said Rolenc. "We're bringing them down to the common denominator."
 
If you are a parent with a child in the Osceola County School District and you have a question or concern regarding the Common Core, Long is urging parents to contact him: longtom@osceola.k12.fl.us

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