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Hearings on Common Core State Standards are scheduled for next week.

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The famed Twitter fail whale, made with Legos.

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The famed Twitter fail whale, made with Legos.


Florida led the fight against Obamacare, but open enrollment for new health insurance exchanges begins next week in Florida.  

But with the federal government running the exchanges, have Florida leaders divorced themselves from the national health plan?

Gov. Rick Scott has asked that Florida give up its duties managing PARCC's money.

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Florida is backing out of its role as a leader on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment.

Gov. Scott Moves Toward Pulling Out Of Test Partnership

Sep 23, 2013

Florida appears ready to exit a multistate effort to develop new tests to measure student learning, abandoning the initiative amid conservative activists' concerns that it represents federal overreach into the state's education system.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday ordering the state to end its role in helping handle the financial affairs of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.

Meanwhile, proponents of the standards are still struggling to explain the initiative to parents, many of whom say they've never even heard of Common Core.

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