On September 12, 2013,The St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee (REC) held its monthly meeting, at the airport convention center in St. Augustine, Florida. Chairman Mulhall quickly moved the agenda to the Common Core resolution. The Common Core issue began in July when the REC announced that it would begin endorsing issues. [See “Lively discussion at July REC monthly meeting”, July 20, 2013, in this publication]. It was clear to this reporter that the vast majority of the REC members opposed Common Core at the July meeting. In response to this opposition, Sen. Thrasher wrote a letter to the editor of the Historic City News encouraging support for Common Core. At the August REC meeting, Kate Wallace, Community Engagement Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, addressed the members urging Sen. Thatcher’s position. [See “Common Core is the subject of the REC meeting” August 11, 2013, in this publication]
At the September meeting First Vice Chairman, William Korach, pictured above, read the resolution opposing Common Core. A discussion followed. Former school board member, Tom Rivers, was the only person to speak in favor of Common Core. There were numerous REC members who made passionate pleas to support the resolution opposing Common Core. County Commissioner, Jay Morris stood in support of the resolution. He read, in part, a letter which he had sent to Gov. Scott urging the Governor to oppose Common Core. It has been reported that the Governor has shown some interest in supporting Common Core, along with other top state GOP leaders. The vote rejecting Common Core was nearly unanimous. In conversation with Mr. Rivers after the vote, Mr. Rivers suggested that the current School Board favors Common Core. Mr. Rivers was a candidate for the school board in the last election. The St. Augustine Tea Party reported that they sent two members to the last School Board meeting. Plans are being formed by the Tea Party to resist Common Core on a local level.