(PNJ.com) - Florida citizens have until Thursday to speak up on the state's standards for English language arts and mathematics.
That is the deadline to submit feedback on the Common Core State Standards scheduled to be fully implemented into Florida public schools next year.
In September, Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order instructing that three public meetings be held in the state to gather public input on the standards. Meetings were held this month in Tampa, Davie and Tallahassee. Since that time, the Department of Education has received nearly 13,000 comments and suggestions.
State Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is encouraging the public to submit ideas and suggestions on how to improve the standards, which were adopted by the State Board of Education in July 2010.
All comments will be reviewed, and an update will be provided to the State Board of Education at its Nov. 19 meeting at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, according to the state Department of Education.
"Success is never final when it comes to improving our schools and providing our children with the best chance at success," Stewart said in a news release. "These standards will provide the framework for parents and teachers to communicate about the best paths forward for their children and classrooms."
To submit feedback on the standards, Florida residents can email email@example.com or comment on the website at www.flstandards.org.
For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education's Standards Review webpage at www.flstandards.org/review/.