Did Pam Stewart, Florida education commissioner, lie to the people of Florida?

If you read this exchange published in State Impact
you might think so.
For a brief moment, Common Core
critic Cindy Skarda challenged education commissioner Pam Stewart about the
“Are there any cost analysis?”
Skarda asked.
“I don’t think we’ve done a cost
analysis,” Stewart responded.
“Oh really?” Skarda interrupted. “We
don’t know what it’s going to cost but we’re going to implement it?”
Volusia County school board member
Candace Lankford said the state must make sure it’s choosing the right test for
Common Core standards.
“Would you like me answer?” Stewart
shot back. “The standards were free for us to adopt.”
“For how long?” Skarda cut in again.
“Our standards don’t cost us
anything to implement — or to have as standards,” Stewart said, noting the
state already pays for teacher training, testing and new textbooks on a regular
schedule. “I don’t believe that there’s an additional cost.”
So Common Core is free? It just magically
appears? And do we really believe it’s going to just replace what we have in
place now?
Let’s take Jacksonville for
instance. Here teachers went to week long academies to be trained. Did the
money that they cost miraculously appear too?
The truth is common core is going to
cost money, probably a lot of money, and Florida hasn’t done a cost analysis
yet?!? What the beep friends, we can’t be that backwards can we?

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