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3 bills advance that curb Common Core, give authority to local schools (access required)

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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.

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Plan to reward high-performing Arizona schools advances

A panel of lawmakers on Thursday advanced the governor’s proposal to create a new system of financially rewarding schools based on their performance. But as the Senate Education Committee hearing showed, getting the legislation out of committee was just one of its many hurdles.

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School-choice group pushes parent trigger law (access required)

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First it was featured in a controversial summer movie, and now it could come to a school near you. A liberal school-choice group from California is trying to build a coalition of local education groups to pass an Arizona law allowing parents to take over failing schools.

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