Monday, March 9, 2015
Prohibits SBE from entering into any agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract with a federal agency or private entity that cedes or limits state discretion and control over the process of developing, adopting or revising subject matter standards and the corresponding assessments in the public school system, including agreements in exchange for funding.Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas based her entire campaign on her opposition to the standards, and in January she said they are one of the reasons the state's education system continues to suffer. She referred to the standards and the test replacing the AIMS, AzMerit, as "unproven methods," and called for Gov. Doug Ducey and the state Legislature to "stop the madness."
a. Requires SBE to initiate efforts to amend any agreement existing that is in conflict with this section on the effective date of this act.
b. Stipulates that this requirement does not prohibit SBE from seeking and being granted a federal waiver if the conditions for the waiver do not cede or limit control over the process of developing, adopting or revising standards and assessments.