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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Common Core standards for Florida's schools remain alive and well, but don't say that too loudly.

The ongoing backlash against the contentious standards has prompted state officials and the Florida Legislature to act.

Legislators are advancing bills that would remove more than 30 references to the Common Core standards that were placed in law just a year ago.

The Senate has already passed a bill that would ban school districts from collecting information on the political or religious affiliation of students and their parents. It would also ban the collection of information including student fingerprints, palm scans or iris scans.

Lawmakers are also considering whether to mandate that each local school district choose textbooks without state help.

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