The Libertarian Party of Collier County unanimously passed a resolution at its monthly meeting last night condemning Common Core in the state of Florida and has called for actions leading to its full repeal, including an immediate halt in implementation.
Jared Grifoni, the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Collier County stated, “It is extremely important that the issue of Common Core implementation in the state of Florida be addressed. We have had the opportunity to speak to experts, parents, educators, and students alike and the common refrain is that Common Core is bad for education here in the state of Florida. We take their concerns very seriously, unlike our representatives in Tallahassee, who are intent on ramming this program down our throats. Our system of education in this country is failing and the answer isn't more bureaucracy and top-down control. We need a free market education system that empowers parents and guardians, who are best situated to decide what is in their own children’s best interests, to freely decide how to educate their children through the use of all measures that enhance the educational choices available, including charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and home schooling. We call on our elected officials in Tallahassee to reverse course and put a halt to Common Core now.”
A copy of the resolution passed by the Libertarian Party of Collier County is as follows:
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF COLLIER COUNTY
RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS
Whereas, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been developed in an effort to create uniform standards for American students across the nation and promoted by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in an effort to create a top-down education model devoid of free market competition and accountability; and
Whereas, the CCSS has been adopted in numerous states as part of a federally backed “payoff” which allows those states to become eligible for funds under the Race to the Top program, a massive earmark contained within the federal government stimulus packages; and
Whereas, SB 1076 passed the Republican-controlled Florida House unanimously, passed the Republican-controlled Florida Senate 33-7, and was signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott on April 22, 2013; and
Whereas, SB 1076 requires every public school to give the Common Core Assessments and codifies Common Core standards in English Language Arts and mathematics under the “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards”; and
Whereas, the Libertarian Party of Collier County, as stated in the 2013 Libertarian Party of Florida platform, advocates that, “Education is a parental responsibility and best handled at the most local level... We support individual and community based decision-making where people and entities freely decide what is best for their students or children.”; and
Whereas, the Libertarian Party of Collier County, as stated in the national 2012 Libertarian Party platform, advocates that, “Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.”; and therefore be it
Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Collier County condemns the implementation of the CCSS in Florida and recognizes the inherent federal and state overreach contained therein, in violation of the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights of parents, guardians, and Florida students; and be it further
Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Collier County rejects wholeheartedly the collection of personal student “assessment data,” including fingerprints and other biometric data, for any non-educational purpose by the state of Florida, the federal government of the United States, or private corporate interests on the grounds that life, liberty and happiness cannot prosper under continuous state surveillance, that the use by the state of people or technology to monitor, account for, and keep Floridians under surveillance, especially where there is no evidence of criminal behavior, restricts the normal interaction of peoples; and be it further
Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Collier County offers its full support of activities to halt further implementation of CCSS in the state of Florida and supports a full repeal of any action that has resulted in, authorized, or compelled the implementation of CCSS to date; therefore, the Libertarian Party of Collier County fully rejects the CCSS plan and its ultimate goal to further empower the failing education bureaucracy at the state and federal levels and the Libertarian Party of Collier County calls for a free market education system that empowers parents and guardians, who are best situated to decide what is in their own children’s best interests, to freely decide how to educate their children through the use of all measures that enhance the educational choices available, including charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and home schooling.