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About The Republican Party of Sarasota County

Energized by the efforts of local Republicans and concerned Conservatives, the Republican Party of Sarasota County is a driving force shaping the future of Sarasota County, the State of Florida and our Nation.

We believe in adherence to constitutional principles, limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise and the values that have made our country exceptional.

Our goal is to assure the election of Conservatives, at all levels of government, who adhere to these tenets and will assure their implementation.

This website will serve as an "Action Center" for the SarasotaGOP & other like-minded Conservatives on the internet. Please take a moment to checkout the site, respond to some polls, sign some petitions and even take part in our "Online Townhall" by offering up some legislative policy ideas.

Thank you for being informed & engaged, 

Joe Gruters
Chairman, Republican Party of Sarasota County 



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commented 2014-05-05 12:35:47 -0400 · Flag
SCOUS finally figured out that getting elected to public office does not take away their 1st amendment rights
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commented 2013-11-01 02:08:21 -0400 · Flag
Hi Joe, how do I see my account’s privacy information for this site?
commented 2013-09-25 00:27:22 -0400 · Flag
Here is an article from the newspaper explaining the governor’s decision. Please be committed to Florida’s children and take time to read it and under it, the governor’s actual letter.
commented 2013-09-25 00:13:27 -0400 · Flag
I am so thankful for a governor like Rick Scott and his actions yesterday when he responded to concerns of Florida parents about Common Core! I am wary of any federal led movement that excerpts books w/ content from men having sex w/ children and from the perpetrators point of view(Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eyes). I did not like it when my kids were told in AP Literature that they had to read her books about rape and abortions if they wanted to be in Advanced Placement classes and I stood up for it then(2004). The Common Core would give the federal govt. a pass into what our children must believe by testing them according to their agenda’s. We should keep the policy making in our schools local so that we have Some control in what our kids must learn. Gov. Scott took a Bold step yesterday in questioning and backing away from the Common Core. His opponents will surely attack him for it and we as Republicans must work to continue to spread the word of his great and brave leadership in Florida. Go Gov. Scott and GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICA!!!!!
commented 2013-09-24 23:50:40 -0400 · Flag
I am beyond distressed that Gov. Scott is supporting Connon Core.
commented 2013-08-29 10:55:00 -0400 · Flag
I am glad to have had the opportunity to watch the first day and the first two presentations of the Education Accountability Summit in the overflow seating. I grew up in Florida schools and have a deep appreciation for how far we have come in the last 40years. As a concerned citizen I have a few observations to share.

In the first presentation, “Florida’s Adoption of State Standards Background” several things stood out to me. The description of development of Common Core on page 8, pointed out in red letters, “Florida’s Next Generation process of standards development was provided and guided the process.” The following chart shows that the Next Generation standards are virtually equal to Common Core; Next Generation being slightly better in Math and Common Core slightly better in ELA. Why then would we spend so much money, time and effort to change something Florida has worked so hard to build and refine. We have produced a exemplary program which has proven to work for our students. Why would we give up leading the way to be a part of the “pack”.

In the second presentation on assessments, referencing the advantages and disadvantages of each type, on page 5, the Custom Assessment – Advantage description used words like customized, opportunity, control, and option to show the autonomy states have always had will be compromised under Common Core. This points out exactly why education is and should remain a state and local issue. Diversity and individuality has always been celebrated in education, why now would Florida consider uniformity on a national level as a better option.

I heard once again, reference to the military child and how Common Core will benefit them. My husband is a 26 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and we raised two sons moving every two years most of their young lives. I can tell you from experience that on average military children are well adjusted, high achieving students. Their exposure to different regions of the US and the world only gives them a greater advantage in their education process. Please don’t use the military child as an excuse to advance Common Core. It is offensive to those of us who know better.

As all the facts are being laid out for you, please continue to listen carefully. I hope you will see that staying the course with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards is in no way a step backward. In fact, it would be affirming to our teachers and students that the path forward, although not easy, is clear and concise, and that their efforts thus far have not been in vain.

Thank you,
Nathalie Tomczak


commented 2013-08-28 15:47:52 -0400 · Flag
Common Core has nothing common about it. It is an agenda for change that is about suppressing everything individual and humanistic. Data that should be of no value to the education of a human being is collected: Does your household own a gun? What is that? A survey that will be developed and interpreted by lay persons to identify children with mental disease. It was published in the Bradenton Herald that our Superintendent Mills and the acting head, Mary Ruiz, of Manatee Glens were excited and made a commitment to make that happen which is a part of common core. Every medical profession outside of Mary Ruiz says this plan is preposterous. Heh let’s give that survey to all our elected officials first and remove them from office because of their mental defects. Doesn’t taste right does it?

Then I think that the soft porn books would get me kicked out of the School Board for reading them at the podium, at least I and my neighbors would hope the educators would shut me up after that very first sentence, but our kids will be reading this by demand of Common Core.

I have been active with the text book initiative which shows a definite bias against Christian religious faiths and a positive and greater exposure for Islam. Common Core continues that erosion of the integrity and place of prominence of Christianity in the history and future of our great country. If you go to DC the marks of Christianity are in almost every historical building and even the more modern. Like do you know what is at the top of the Washington Monument? Do you know where there are identical memorials? Hint one is the seat of the Pope.

There are hundreds of reasons this is wrong, but the greatest is our own State of Florida Constitution. Please read it and apply it to the abdication of State Control of Education and the role that parents are allowed and should have to help shape the educational system. Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. Otherwise all kids would come to school not potty trained, not with language skills, and more importantly those humanistic characteristics that make a family instead of a tribe or gang. Then look to the State Statues of Education Law and there again you will see major conflicts between Common Core and education as we have had it.

Throwing money to education does not educate children. To think that just because someone spends $40 thousand at college makes them an educator has been what is undoing education. It is a business instead of a calling. That business model is just like any other – IT NEEDS CUSTOMERS WITH MONEY.

Education does not buy success: example Manatee County and it’s money woes and many other school districts have the same problem money shortages. Just like our federal government run by educated people we are bankrupt. You have to stop feeding the supply line and truly get back to education. Reading, writing, math and science. Take social justice and social engineering out of education. Take out retirement for so so abilities that net them $80,000 a year retirement. You make the public pay for SSI and state pension, a majority of that public just makes over minimum wage. Can’t you see that is just wrong?

We do need a total revamp of education but everyone has turf and money to protect including you. Where do we start tearing down the old to build the new? The Federal Government gets everything wrong, Ronald Reagan resonated with all Americans because he was right “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Nothing is ever fixed, just subsidized.

and in closing

“Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.”

“Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying “No” to any authority — literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political."
Ignazio Silone
commented 2013-08-28 08:13:38 -0400 · Flag
We need to get rid of the FACT. There is to much pressure on the student. Some students do not do well under pressure. They may know the information but fail the test. What about all the great grades they get through out the school year
commented 2013-08-27 10:42:00 -0400 · Flag
Common Core is the epitome of what is wrong with the balance of power between the states & the federal government. Education is between the people & the state. Now statists are trying to use the power of the Fed to force unAmerican principles & training on the young of our nation.

There needs to be a BIG hands-off sign on the education of our children. They are suffering under the teacher’s unions already – let’s get back to local control of schools and the proper teaching of our values to our children.

Common Core communist indoctrination. As a voter I’ll hold ANY office holder accountable for any promotion of this in the state of Florida.
commented 2013-08-27 07:46:26 -0400 · Flag
Learning is not the result of certain circumstances. Certain circumstances are the result of learning.
Education is not the result of certain circumstances. Certain circumstances are the result of education.
Happiness is not the result of certain circumstances. Certain circumstances are the result of happiness.
Abundance is not the result of certain circumstances. Certain circumstances are the result of Abundance.

No institution can dictate or direct learning, education, happiness or abundance. Only we can do those things for ourselves. We teach our children by example!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at the example any political leader in Washington sets and no surprise what young people think.
commented 2013-08-27 06:39:10 -0400 · Flag
Stop Common Core in Florida. Keep the Federal government and the United Nations out of Florida’s education system. Develop our own curriculum for Florida schools.
commented 2013-08-26 18:45:00 -0400 · Flag
Ronald Rayovich, please educate yourself on Common Core, you are dead wrong
commented 2013-08-26 17:34:36 -0400 · Flag
Thanks to the governor and his leadership! I am a retired school teacher(upper mathematics) and current college professor. I am concerned w/ government using our children to further their political bias. The Obama administration is using “Common Core” to further their agenda as they did w/ the videos sent to schools to supposedly address the “bullying issue”(but were really intended to subvert the home’s religious values). Education should be academics that foster excellence and critical thinking skills, not a means to brainwash our children into your philosophy of life. Children have been brought into this world by their parents and government does not have the right to infringe on the family’s religious and political beliefs. Does the Common Core test purely academic skills or controversial items such as evolution(as a fact and not theory) and gender issues. Academics should teach and test skills that help students acquire and prosper at jobs that provide income for students in their futures.
I agree w/ the person above that teachers should be evaluated on their skills, not their students abilities. Math and science have always been of high importance in this country and I believe they should continue to be. The Constitution should be taught also w/ a high regard for patriotism and how the US has played a major role in the freedom that many international communities enjoy. I am weary of the negative messages that are translated about our culture and history. English should continue to be the main language and grading should be fair for ALL students(not special sections not permitted to receive failing grades). Basically, education needs some competition w/ other possible schooling systems (private) available for parents to be able to choose what is best for their children. Perhaps then, the nonsense will stop and the schools will be places where students acquire the skills they need and not the indoctrination the government officials want.
commented 2013-08-26 14:46:13 -0400 · Flag
I would like to follow our Governor’s lead on the subject of educational reform. So far he has done a great job with the economy and is working very hard to make Florida’s education system the best in the nation. Let’s stick with him on this issue.
commented 2013-08-26 13:48:56 -0400 · Flag
August 26, 2013
Dear Mr. Gruters,
I am a retired teacher, a grandmother of school aged children and I am extremely concerned with the Federal takeover of our State’s education system. I’ve done my research both for and against Common Core. Here are a few of my reasons why I oppose this non state- led initiative.
• One size fits all mentality and uses our children as guinea pigs
• Developed without consultation or buy in from a majority of stake holders ie, state and local govt., parents/guardians, teachers, school boards and other advocacy groups.
• C.C. is not internationally benchmarked.
• Does Common Core set a low bar for students? Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a professor emerita at the University of Arkansas and a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to approve the ELA CCSS. She believed it was a dumbing down force. Dr. James Milgram, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, also refused to sign off on the Math Common Core, saying that the math standards are “as non-challenging as possible. … The Core Mathematics Standards are written to reflect very low expectations.”
• Radical Connections: Bill Ayers, Linda Darling Harmond, good friends with Bill Ayers, Marc Aronson, radical history professor, MSNBC-Melissa Harris Perry who said our children don’t belong to us they belong to the collective
• States are given a 15% allowance for adding content. Big Deal! But States did not write nor will they control the Common Core standards.
• Very relaxed FERPA laws leading to data mining, tracking and sharing of our children’s personal/confidential data. It’s a complete loss of privacy. I read that the Florida statutes were changed in 2012 to match the changes in FERPA.
• Psychological manipulation ie. Assessing attitudes not knowledge
• Since C. C. has never been used, there are no pilot studies and therefore no research.
• By high school it reduces literary study by 30% and increases informational texts like EPA manuals and Federal Reserve reports by 70%.
• Delays key concepts in mathematics and uses untested or failed teaching methods.
• Designed and/or encouraged by people/businesses that donated money to states or will make money from the implementation of C.C. ie,Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation( they contributed to the funding of CC and their investment is expected to be huge), Microsoft, G.E., Exxon Mobile, Google, Rupert Murdoch, testing companies, textbook companies: crony capitalism
• Not only does the common core have the standards but they also have the academic assessment testing. The tests will be developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Both of these organizations were awarded funds in September 2010 from the Race to the Top Assessment Program to create national online state standardized tests in mathematics and English language arts in line with Common Core State Standards.
• I believe the CCSS is a hostile top down takeover of our state’s education system by progressives and our Federal government to nationalize education. It is unconstitutional.
It’s extremely upsetting the clandestine manner Common Core came into our state. If it’s so wonderful why did they bring it in the back door? These national standards were attached to the 2009 stimulus bill as part of Gate’s “Race to the Top” money and forgiveness of NCLB policies under a time-pressured deadline no less. Again, if it’s So Wonderful!!! why can’t they stand on their own?
How did the architects of Common Core get around the constitution and federal laws to establish a national curriculum? I learned they accomplished this by using private trade associations like the National Governor’s Association and Council of Chief State School Officers and with funding from the Gates Foundation. Because state-level bureaucrats were involved they claimed that Common Core was a state-led initiative.
I am sick and tired of my elected officials and appointed officials getting our state involved in things that they do not read or research thoroughly. They have not considered the consequences Common Core will have on our children, teachers, schools or the taxpayers or else they do not care.
I appreciate the opportunity to share my concerns with you about the CCSS. And I will not be fooled by name changes like: “Next Generation…”
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commented 2013-08-26 12:08:42 -0400 · Flag
First I do NOT believe automatic class advancement due to disability, race, economic status, or last name should be allowed.
Second, teacher pay and grading should NOT be on the testing of their students, BUT their testing, with a possible review and in put for those testing below allowable standards, from the superintendent of their board.
I believe we should get behind the initiative of the community foundation in their educational program of teaching early childhood reading skills so that by the third grade they can read. We have in Sarasota County four grade schools where over 50% of the 3rd graders can NOT read. Then move the program State Wide. In Sarasota County they use third grade reading levels as a prognosticator of the need for jail capacity in future years and IT IS ACCURATE. Check Dick Vitale’s daughter on this, she’s heading up the initiative.
Be a leader, not a follower.
commented 2013-08-26 10:30:02 -0400 · Flag
I believe our students should be taught all the basic subjects including civics and US History along with the reading, writing and math. This forms the basis for a good productive citizen. There should be no reason our children should be graduated from a public school without being prepared to be a productive citizen, able to find a job or further their education, and be able to pursue their life’s dreams.

Teachers should always be accountable for the quality of their teaching skills and there should be no automatic increases, tenure, or other benefits without the results.

I also believe the U.S. Department of Education should be dissolved in order to keep the federal government from influencing how and what our children are taught. It would also save a ton of money and eliminate another useless bureaucracy.
commented 2013-08-25 22:31:19 -0400 · Flag
Milan. not a solution as the SAT and ACT are being tied to the Common Core curriculum so the kids have to know CC in order to go to college, the progressives have it all figured out
commented 2013-08-25 21:40:31 -0400 · Flag
The best solution for education reform is to re-form your school system. Go to the successful school districts and adopt their system. Unions and all. Or no-unions and all. What has been in place in Florida for 33 years that I know of is not satisfactory.
commented 2013-08-25 20:57:32 -0400 · Flag
The best solution for education reform is to privatize it. Kill the teacher unions and make education local and direct without bureaucratic interference from afar.
commented 2013-08-25 20:13:17 -0400 · Flag
This is a follow-up to my first messaate posted earlier today.

Last fall during the political campaign to elect a Supt of Schools in Suwannee County I was surprised to learn of the qualioficaations for that office, i.e., the office-holder was not required to possess a doctoral degree in educaation.

From my experiece in Delawaare with the Dept. of Public Education for five years, all 22 districts required no less than a masters degree is educational administration, with the doctorate preferred.

The State Sujpt of Publis Instruction, and his or her three Asst. Sup;ts. had to have individuals with doctoral degrees in ecucation.

Having served on the school rusatees in Osssining, NY, citizens of that district, I was privileged to be a partidipant observer of how to manage public schools wilth an outstanding PhD of educaton as superintendent (he was the forameer superintendent of schools in San Frnacisco,nx nd as the consuimate waling encuyclopedia re. how to effectively lead and anage where the parents were highly sophistucated abd denabdubg.
icated and demanding.
commented 2013-08-25 20:01:59 -0400 · Flag
Donna Kearfott; A quote from the link you provided = Dana R. Casey is a veteran High School English teacher of more than two decades in an East-coast urban system. She is a life-long student of theology, philosophy, and politics, dedicated to the true Liberalism of the Enlightenment, as defined by our Founders and enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
-———————— That’s my liberalism too. Sure is a lonely feeling being accused of undefined wrongs – often just imagined, as the demonized liberal.
commented 2013-08-25 20:01:23 -0400 · Flag
I am 100% against Common Core. Please reject and ERADICATE COMMON CORE from Florida.
commented 2013-08-25 18:38:42 -0400 · Flag
The Greatest Generation learned in little red school houses and did not throw money at education like candy. That generation won a World War and put a man on the moon. Stick to basics regardless of race and gender. I would like to find the lesson book that Eisenhower learned from K-12 and emulate that. The three R’s, classic language instruction (Latin and Greek followed by elective language choices), humanities and history linked to the classics, art (music, visual), and civics lessons emphasizing our Constitutional Republic and representative politics should cover it. Year round school that allows a student to accomplish goals (train to the standard), as opposed to train to time, would allow families to schedule required and optional educational instruction in blocks throughout the year.
commented 2013-08-25 18:33:17 -0400 · Flag
the required reading is not acceptable. It is soft porn.
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