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House votes to scrap Common Core academic standards

Common-CoreOn 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.

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said he wants to ensure that what Arizona school children are taught is determined in Arizona and not something crafted nationally. HB 2190 requires the state Board of Education to work with committees to adopt new standards for English language arts, American history, science and math.

Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, said she understands the desire not to have to simply live with the nationally developed standards which have been adopted by more than 40 other states.

But she said this legislation is badly flawed, even including language which bars any new standards from taking effect until approved by the Legislature. She questioned what happens if lawmakers balk.

And Carter, who teaches future educators at Arizona State University, said the wholesale scrapping of anything linked to Common Core — or anything with the Common Core name — could force local school districts to discard millions of dollars worth of teaching materials.

Rep. John Ackerley, R-Sahuarita, who is a teacher, said he recognizes the flaws in this legislation in trying to go from the Common Core standards adopted by the Board of Education in 2010 to whatever comes next. But he said that transition needs to take place.

“It is time for Arizona to back away from Common Core,” he said.

The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate which has rejected similar legislation

4 comments

  1. No! No! No! What’s wrong with our AZ children learning what other children in other states are learning? If you’re in 2nd grade, it doesn’t matter what state you live in, you need to be able to add 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping. If you’re in 7th grade, you need to be able to read fluently and discuss the elements of literature, regardless of your home state. UGH!

  2. Scrapping Common Core! Why? Because the federal government came up with the idea to provide consistency in the assessment of learning for all students equally nationwide? So you do not like the source, though Arizona gets federal funding, so as a legislature you want to scrap it and use state funds to replace it? Funds that according to you, we do not have! I believe taxpayers deserve an explanation beyond the fact that it is a federal initiative. What are you replacing it with? I will bet you have no idea and just going along with the flow. In the meantime, our students are falling behind because of your politics. Governor Ducey should step into this and make sure that the Board of Education, appointed by the Governor, has the responsibility and the authority it needs to guide the Department of Education. Seems the new Superintendent wants a fight…give it to her.

  3. This is not a well thought out decision!

  4. So how long does it take common core to figure out the difference between 34-23?

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