Published: Oct 17, 2013 11:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - A public hearing held in South Florida drew both praise and heavy criticism for the state's new academic standards.
    
The Common Core State Standards are in the process of being implemented in Florida. They also have been adopted by 44 other states and the District of Columbia.
    
The standards were developed by a coalition of state leaders and establish what students should know from one grade to the next. They're designed to ensure all students are college-ready by the time they graduate.
    
Gov. Rick Scott has called for three hearings on the standards amid outcry from tea party Republicans who say the standards represent a federal intrusion.
    
The first hearing was held in Tampa and the second Wednesday in Davie. The third will take place Thursday in Tallahassee.

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