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Rick Scott supports Common Core, but not its Data Mining

Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Hialeah, Florida, visiting Gilda Industries to promote his ongoing jobs-creation agenda. After taking a tour of the 50-year-old local cracker producing company, Scott, who was flanked by State Senator Rene Garcia (R) and State Representative Manny Diaz, Jr. (R), awarded the owners of Gilda with his Business Ambassador award, before taking questions from reporters.

The final question posed to Scott was that of his support of Common Core. Scott has openly supported and campaigned for the higher education standards, which has lead to many grassroots activists, who supported his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, to take pause with his decision to push through higher education standards.

While Scott, Jeb Bush and others, support Common Core, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who spent time with Scott earlier in the week, is completely against nationalized education standards, or Common Core. (Source)

Scott stated that Floridians “should be proud of our K-12 educational system,” adding that “4th graders are number two in the world in reading,” and that “4th and 8th graders have the highest achievement rates than anywhere else in the country.”

In addition, Scott said that Florida has the “highest graduation rate for Hispanic students in the country” and that statewide, teachers, administrator and superintendents, “all agree with (education) measurement,” and “that the educational system and testing is tied to critical thinking and problem-solving.” But when asked him if he supported the data mining aspect of Common Core, Scott answered ‘no’ to the question.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on the Shark Tank.

Javier Manjarres

Managing editor of the Shark Tank Javier Manjarres is a first generation American and credits his conservative political philosophy to his parents who legally immigrated to the United States from Colombia and raised him with strict conservative values. As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Manjarres was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year and was acknowledged by the conservative activist group FreedomWorks for his efforts during the 2010 election cycle. Numerous videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal,CNN, NBC and other national and local news stations. Manjarres has appeared as a guest commentator on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the Florida and National Correspondent for 92.5 Fox News and DayBreak with Drew Steele, communicating his strong belief in the American Dream along with his unwavering conservative principles.

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