By GARY FINEOUT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state board that oversees Florida's public schools continues to be mired in a contentious debate over school standards.
The State Board of Education, at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott, voted Tuesday to officially drop the use of any examples that could help teachers meet the Common Core State Standards. The state had previously given teachers links to the materials.
But board members also chided top officials with the Department of Education who were suggesting to drop the words common core from the standards. One board member said common core shouldn't be a "dirty word."
The standards adopted in 2010 have come under fire by conservative and Republican Party activists. The state is holding three public hearings this week to allow people to comment on the standards.