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Tony Bennett Discusses Common Core Standards

• Jackie Barreiros

Florida Commissioner of Education and Chiefs for Change member, Dr. Tony Bennett discusses the Common Core State Standards with StateImpact Florida, an initiative of WUSF Public Media, WLRN Public Media, WJCT Public Broadcasting and NPR. Dr. Bennett announces more information will become available next week regarding Florida’s implementation plans for Common Core, discusses his involvement in the development of the standards, and asserts that the new standards are, in fact, a state-driven effort.

“We will work very hard with our districts. We will make sure that our teachers who are serving students today in schools are prepared to teach to these (standards),” Bennett said. “We’re working with teacher preparation programs to make sure that our future teachers are also prepared to teach to them…

“I have been involved with this movement really since it began almost. I think we have to take a look at how this all started. This started with a call for internationally bench-marked standards so that our students are held to the standards of their international peers.”

Bennett says the most important thing about the standards is that they are state-driven.

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