On a 34-23 margin, the state House voted Wednesday to scrap the Common Core academic standards and essentially force the state Board of Education to start over again from scratch.Read More »
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Common Core appears to be here to stay, at least for the time being.Read More »
State schools Superintendent Diane Douglas will once again have to decide between conciliation and conflict after the State Board of Education rejected the conditions she set for two board employees to return to work.Read More »
The standoff at the Arizona Department of Education ended quietly as state schools Superintendent Diane Douglas complied with the Board of Education’s deadline for allowing two board employees back to their offices after she attempted to fire them.Read More »
The first task for Diane Douglas, who calls her election to superintendent of public instruction a mandate to end Common Core, will be overseeing the state’s new test for measuring public school students under the learning standards.Read More »
Two former GOP schools chiefs are endorsing Democratic candidate David Garcia for superintendent of public instruction.Read More »
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has joined the barbarians at the gate.
Huppenthal flip-flopped Tuesday on his position on Common Core, saying he “never” supported the learning standards. His new stance comes just two months after he spoke at an Arizona Capitol Times Morning Scoop forum on K-12 education issues, during which he implored education and business leaders to do a better job selling the virtues of the standards to voters.
Calling it a serious threat to the state's death penalty, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation this afternoon that would have allowed more criminals to be executed.Read More »
Five Senate Republicans again helped Democrats kill two bills that would have undermined Common Core.Read More »
The Legislature took its first steps Feb. 20 toward gutting Common Core, three years after the learning standards were adopted and a year before students are to begin testing on them. The Senate Education Committee passed on a 6-3 partisan vote three bills that give school districts the authority to create their own learning standards and another that keeps the state Board of Education from implementing Common Core.Read More »