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Superintendent’s Road Show Explains Florida’s ‘Common Core’

The crowd includes a military mom who just moved from the West Coast, an anxious mom whose kids are getting a lot of writing assignments and a retired teacher with questions from the Internet about an educational movement called Common Core.

 It has been raining buckets. But guests have filled all 160 seats in the Hillsborough Community College meeting room. Now it’s up to school superintendent MaryEllen Elia to calm their fears.

Welcome to the Common Core road show. Or, if you prefer, the Florida Standards road show. Who wouldn’t be confused? What began as a nationwide effort to improve education — complete with a universal test to measure Jimmy in Florida against Johnny in New York — has been refashioned in Florida, where a state-specific test has yet to be fully unveiled. Johnny in New York? He no longer matters.