–Florida must maintain control over its education assessments and curriculum–
TALLAHASSEE – Americans for Prosperity’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien released the following statement in response to House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz’s letter to Education Secretary Tony Bennett requesting that Florida withdraw from the assessments being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC):
“Today, Florida’s legislative leaders have taken a step in the right direction by suggesting that Florida withdraw from the national assessments being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and instead create our own Florida specific education assessments.
Clearly they have listened to their constituents that have voiced concerns about a ‘one-size fits all’ education system. Taking control over creation of Florida’s assessment tests ensures that Floridians, who know what is best for Florida’s kids, will guide the curriculum taught in our schools. This is a victory for those that believe education should be controlled at a local level, and for the parents, activists and community leaders that have brought this issue to the Legislature’s attention.”