TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is in the middle of a tug-of-war over education that could reshape the state's schools while also turning upside down the 2016 presidential race.
Scott has refused in recent weeks to come out strongly one way or the other on Florida's transition to new standards known also as the common core state standards.
These new standards are backed by former Gov. Jeb Bush, who helped create the state's current A-to-F grading system. It would be a huge defeat to Bush's potential presidential campaign if his own home state suddenly changed directions.
But Republicans across the state who will be critical to Scott's re-election are beginning to line up in opposition to the standards. Meanwhile, a rift is also growing over the standards in the Florida Legislature.