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So long, Common Core: Gov. DeSantis says Florida has 'eliminated’ the controversial academic standards

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Common Core will no longer be common in Florida classrooms, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday.

“Florida has officially eliminated Common Core,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I truly think this is a great next step for students, teachers, and parents.”

The Florida Department of Education recently announced its new proposed standard to replace Common Core curriculum.. The new standards are called Florida B.E.S.T., which stands for Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking.

READ: History of Common Core in Florida, what parents and educators have to say

“We’ve developed clear and concise expectations for students at every grade level and allow teachers the opportunity to do what they love most – inspire young Floridians to achieve their greatest potential,” DeSantis said.

Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said the proposed standards remove Florida from the “confines” of Common Core.

“Florida will be the first state in the nation with an ELA booklist that spans grades K-12, the first state in the nation with a civics booklist embedded in its ELA standards, and a state that has dropped the crazy math,” Corcoran said in a statement.

Corcoran said he is recommending the State Board of Education adopt the standards on Feb. 12.

Click here to review the newly proposed standards.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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