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List of proposed changes to Common Core causing concern

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Updated: 1/14 8:30 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State leaders want to make 98 changes to your child's education as part of sweeping reform to national education standards already used in local classrooms.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart unveiled 98 changes the state board of education intends to make -- before Florida will align with national proficiency standards Common Core.

"Not just what is the answer but explain to me how you got the answer. Why did you choose the answer which is the higher order thinking of Common Core?" said Trey Csar with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

He has spent the last 24 hours going through the proposed changes. He said he supports the big ones -- like adding cursive back to the curriculum.

"The feedback when the state department of education did their community listening sessions was, 'Hey cursive is still important,'" he said.

But parents like Colleen Wood said the standards have already gotten too difficult for kids K-2 where Common Core is already being phased in.

"We're killing a level of learning by pushing standards too hard," Wood said.

She said kindergartners are now being required to fill in bubbles instead of circling correct answers. And some parents are struggling to help kids with homework because they don't understand new processes required to find the answer.

"The change in standards is the easy thing to blame for misunderstanding. So I think in general the standards are stronger. I think they are more clearly defined for the educators," Csar said.

Csar said a little bit of confusion up front is expected. But long term, he thinks Common Core will do more good than harm.

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