Tuesday, March 31, 2015

'Ditch Common Core' Bill Dies in State Senate

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Just like so many other anti-Common Core bills this legislative session, the sole surviving bill that would have Arizona ditch the standards died on the Arizona Senate floor yesterday. In a 13-16 vote, four Republicans said no to the legislation.

The bill asked to go back to the standards that were in place five years ago, and adopt new ones by Aug. 2017. Gov. Doug Ducey said on March 23 that he opposes the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, and urged the state Board of Education to review the standards and find ways to make them less federal government and more in tune with Arizona

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas wasn't happy about the bill's death. This is what she told The Arizona Republic:
"HB 2190 is an effort that I fully support because it puts additional pressure on the Board of Education to listen to the will of the people. As the public weighs in around the state, I still believe it will create sufficient momentum for the board to have to improve the standards."
But there's always next legislative session!

All but five states in the country have fully adopted the standards. Four of those—Alaska, Texas, Virginia, Nebraska—only adopted the ones for English language arts.

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