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January 29, 2020

Contact Information:

Linda Kearschner, President

president@floridapta.org

407-855-7604

FAX 407-240-9577

www.floridapta.org 

Florida PTA Press Release regarding the B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking) Standards

Executive Order 19-32 directed the Florida Department of Education to eliminate Common Core and to create new educational standards.  On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Florida Department of Education released summary documents by Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran to Governor DeSantis that outlined some of the major changes coming to our Florida Standards. The new proposed standards, now titled B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking), will be released online this week and will be presented at the Wednesday, February 12, 2020 State Board of Education meeting.
 
The Florida Parent Teacher Association (Florida PTA) was among the stakeholders invited to serve on the Specialty Stakeholder Committee to provide input into the new ELA and Math standards.   "Florida PTA appreciates that the Governor and the Florida Department of Education have been actively soliciting the viewpoints of parents, educators and other community members throughout this process.", said Linda Kearschner, President of the Florida PTA.  "We found the level of participation in the Standards Review from numerous stakeholders across the state to be highly encouraging. We look forward to working together with the Florida Department of Education to provide additional feedback from our members on the B.E.S.T. educational standards and their implementation to move our students into the 21st century and beyond."
 
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About PTA
PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.  PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.  Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.  For more information, visit PTA.org.  
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407/855-7604 or executive.director@floridapta.org).

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