Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Senate (AZ) OKs ban on Common Core standards
Yuma Sun ^ | 3-5-14 | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at yumasun.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arizona; bancommoncore; brewer; commoncore

1 posted on 03/05/2014 4:07:34 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; ...

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.


2 posted on 03/05/2014 4:10:17 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
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.’’

They can advanced public education by putting control of it back in the hands of parents and local school boards.

3 posted on 03/05/2014 4:12:16 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

Who cares. If the NFL threatens to pull the Super Bowl you will cave on this as well.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 4:13:59 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: metmom

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.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 4:16:45 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: icwhatudo

Indeed. The lib media will start screaming “opposition to common care is racist!” or something similar and she’ll give in as well.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 4:19:33 PM PST by ReformationFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: metmom
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.
7 posted on 03/05/2014 4:23:34 PM PST by Ed Condon (subliminal messages here in invisible ink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Ed Condon

“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.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 4:33:02 PM PST by dasboot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
“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.

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.

9 posted on 03/05/2014 4:45:43 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. Jeeves

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?”


10 posted on 03/05/2014 5:45:27 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Common Core only exists as horrifying anecdotes because it is “secret”, and both administrators and teachers must sign non-disclosure agreements.

Non-disclosure agreements?

What? They can't tell parents what's in it?

11 posted on 03/05/2014 6:38:00 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: metmom
"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.

12 posted on 03/05/2014 9:16:50 PM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: TXnMA; Responsibility2nd; little jeremiah; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; ...

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?


13 posted on 03/06/2014 4:26:07 AM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
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?

I don't like CC but there is no restriction on parents seeing what's being taught, at least out here in California.

14 posted on 03/06/2014 4:34:24 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: metmom
We have to teach CC here in CA. There is no restriction on anyone seeing what's in the program

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.

15 posted on 03/06/2014 4:36:36 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: metmom

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.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 6:24:48 AM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: metmom; Responsibility2nd; little jeremiah; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; ...
Yeah, I guess the PTB at CC have backed down considerably since the Texas Legislature jumped on them with both feet about secrecy and some of their financial shenanigans.

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.

17 posted on 03/06/2014 7:44:21 AM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: metmom

I think KY was the first to adopt common core, effectively poisoning the prospect for any other self-respecting state.


18 posted on 03/06/2014 4:02:01 PM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TXnMA

There’s always the Freedom of Information Act if they really insist on secrecy.


19 posted on 03/06/2014 4:17:52 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: metmom

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”.


20 posted on 03/06/2014 6:25:47 PM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: TXnMA

Even if government funded public government schools are using it?


21 posted on 03/06/2014 11:26:03 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: metmom
Yep! The creators of the trash supposedly got that "proprietary non-disclosure" bit integrated into their contract with govt...

And, the USG has to protect private company proprietary information. Otherwise, they could never do business with their defense contractors.

22 posted on 03/07/2014 6:58:54 PM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: TXnMA

I’m sure there are ways of getting the information out there.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 11:55:00 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: metmom
"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...

24 posted on 03/08/2014 6:02:02 AM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson