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