Skip to comments.Senate (AZ) OKs ban on Common Core standards
Posted on 03/05/2014 4:07:34 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
PHOENIX Calling them a federal dictate, Sen. Al Melvin persuaded Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools adopted just four years earlier.
The legislation crafted by the Tucson Republican prohibits the state Board of Education from doing anything more to implement the standards that are designed to spell out what students should be learning at all stages of their education. It also means those schools which have put them in place are going to have to dump them.
SB 1310 also requires the state to withdraw from the multi-state Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers which is developing the testing to see if students have learned what they need.
Melvin, pressed during floor debate Tuesday for what in the Common Core standards he does not like, provided no answer.
I leave it to you to find them, he told Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson. Instead, Melvin said he was simply reflecting what he said is the will of a majority of Arizonans who said they do not want Common Core.
We can do a better job at the state level than the federal government dictating standards, Melvin said.
But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said Melvin is off-base in saying these standards are federal mandates. He said they were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Republican and Democratic governors coming together to look at how we are going to advance our education system throughout our entire country.
And that includes current Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.
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Although it’s not necessarily another reason to homeschool, it is a public school issue.
Imagine the damage already done to those kids who had to sit under that abomination for all those years.
They can advanced public education by putting control of it back in the hands of parents and local school boards.
Who cares. If the NFL threatens to pull the Super Bowl you will cave on this as well.
It also affects Parochial schools and homeschool failies. Plus, it affects everyone who takes the SAT, or the ACT. BTW, did you notices today that the SAT is being revised. The head of the SAT is also the head of wringin Common Core standards.
The content of Common Core is truly awaful — highly sexualized — and it creeps into every subject. But what they are doing to the math program is criminal. It will affect all of us, whether we have kids in school, or not. Employers will not be able to hire anyone competent in math, etc., etc.
Indeed. The lib media will start screaming “opposition to common care is racist!” or something similar and she’ll give in as well.
“We’ve had outcome based, New Math, common core, and a mish mash of other advanced curricula, and graduate kids that can’t make change, and can’t read or write cursive. ”
And the situational ethics that were....and remain...epoxied to that curriculum are why our public servants govern lawlessly today. Ends and means flexibility.
Sock puppet. Why do politicians advance bills when they can't even explain what the intended effect will be? Regardless of the merits of the bill, this is the kind of guy that makes conservatives look like idiots.
Not at all. Common Core only exists as horrifying anecdotes because it is “secret”, and both administrators and teachers must sign non-disclosure agreements. Of a school curriculum?
They use the excuse that it is “proprietary” to the company that created it. Therefore under no circumstances can parents or journalists see it. That is not just a red flag, but signal flares, flashing lights and klaxons that something is seriously wrong.
What snippets do leak out are often tales by confused children. “Anal sex sounds nasty. Why are they teaching it in my 3rd grade class?”
What? They can't tell parents what's in it?
You got it, metmom! Not only do parents have no voice in the use of the curriculum, they are prohibited from even knowing what it entails.
You know what, then?
I think that the regular homeschool list needs to know this as well.
And everyone else who we can think of.
Imagine,the school PROHIBITS parents from knowing the content of the curriculum that they are using to educate the parents own children. Curriculum WE are paying for with our own tax dollars.
What other ping lists can be used for this article?
Libertarian one? Who’s got the Nanny State ping list?
I don't like CC but there is no restriction on parents seeing what's being taught, at least out here in California.
I don't like Common Core in the least (and our teachers are feeling the same way) but there is nothing secret about what's being taught here.
I was about to post something along the lines of “Reason #247 to homeschool,” when I realized that this... this is certainly in the top ten. Probably top five.
It's difficult to do in the middle of an already-planned school year, but our local school board are flushing CC out of our schools as fast as they can.
I think KY was the first to adopt common core, effectively poisoning the prospect for any other self-respecting state.
There’s always the Freedom of Information Act if they really insist on secrecy.
As I understand it, CC is the product of a private company. FOIA does not apply in that case. In fact, the protected materials were called “proprietary”.
Even if government funded public government schools are using it?
And, the USG has to protect private company proprietary information. Otherwise, they could never do business with their defense contractors.
I’m sure there are ways of getting the information out there.
True -- and it's already been done in Texas -- via legislative hearings -- questioning their financial shenanigans, for one thing...