The titles of CBS Miami's April 16, 2022 Florida Department Of Education Rejects Nearly Half Of Textbooks Submitted For Next School Year and Click Orlando's Florida education officials reject 54 math textbooks for ‘attempts to indoctrinate students’ highlight recent news, and the latter also links to Florida has 3rd largest number of school book ban incidents, report says.
The first Click Orlando link includes:
The department states 41% of the submitted textbooks included references to critical race theory, common core and social emotional learning. The state said grades K-5 had the most materials rejected.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement, “It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, bizarrely, for elementary students. I’m grateful that Commissioner (Richard) Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”
The governor’s spokesperson Christina Pushaw gave a statement to News 6 regarding the textbooks that were rejected.
“The governor’s position is that all instructional materials used in Florida schools need to be aligned with state standards (BEST). This is not only a matter of ensuring that textbooks are free of critical race theory ideology, but also ending common core, which is a whole separate issue from CRT. Common core is used in some math textbooks, and those would not be aligned to Florida’s BEST standards,” Pushaw said.
Question: How does Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis explain that Common Core is bad for Florida and why are Mathematics textbooks referencing it are rejected for use there?
Has anything been articulated beyond "a whole separate issue from CRT" and "Common core...would not be aligned to Florida’s BEST standards"? I simply can't parse DeSantis' "slap a coat of paint on an old house" reference.
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that even though the announcement was by the Department of Education, the tight reign that DeSantis holds on the state government and his concurrent statements about student indoctrination via Math text books suggest he has a strong position on Common Core.