School board candidates united against Common Core


William and Marie Fortier and Marie’s aunt, Olive Avery, discuss issues with school board candidate David School prior to Thursday evening’s candidates’ forum.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Differences between Okaloosa County School Board candidates may arise, but on one topic of voter concern, they are practically united: Each finds components of the state’s Common Core standards to criticize.

State educators are developing a Florida version of the nationwide Common Core standards, including guidelines on how to implement them.

District 5 incumbent Melissa Thrush, completing her first term, reminded voters the school board did not choose Common Core.

“If we don’t like Common Core, we need to vote in a new governor and legislators,” Thrush said. “I think what is most frustrating for our teachers is we keep changing the rules.”

Her opponent, David Scholl, was more blunt in his criticism.

“Common Core: I oppose it,” he said. “I believe Common Core will do for our school system what the Affordable Care Act has done for our health care. I want tough standards, but I want local control.”

Cindy Frakes, a 16-year District 1 incumbent, said while she agrees with the state’s version of the standards, she disagrees with the range of hundreds of “exemplars,” or curricula options.

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