Posted on Herald Times Politics | Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | Author Lloyd Dunkelberger

TALLAHASSEE

Despite opposition from most of the audience, the Florida Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a modified version of the Common Core education standards for Florida public schools.

Meeting in Orlando, the board agreed to back some 99 revisions to the original Common Core standards for reading and math, which were adopted by the state in 2010 but have become a focal point for both conservative and liberal critics.

Among other revisions, the modified standards eliminated the use of the name “Common Core” and refer to the benchmarks as the “Florida standards.”

The board’s vote came after little debate but followed comments from more than 50 speakers who, over several hours, either called for the standards to be rejected or at least delayed. Only three speakers spoke in favor of the revised standards.

Many of the critics said the standards represented a federal intrusion into the local school systems.

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