Common Core Replacement Bill Advances in the Arizona House

arizona-state-flagHB 2190  was introduced by State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley) passed in the Arizona House Education Committee on a 5-2 party-line vote.  The bill if passed would block the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and prohibit the use of PARCC or any other assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The bill would establish a committee made up of teachers, parents and community members who would determine the new english, math and American History standards.  It also establishes a timeline for public comment and hearings to be held prior.  The bill also includes several student data privacy protections.

Voting for the bill were State Representatives Paul Boyer (R-Phoenix), Jay Lawrence (R-Scottsdale), Jill Norgaard (R-Phoenix), Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) and Doug Coleman (R-Apache Junction). Voting against State Representatives Reginald Bolding (D-Phoenix) and Lisa Otondo (D-Yuma).

You can read the bill below.

In related news, the Arizona House Education Committee also voted 5-2 in favor of HB 2246 sponsored by State Representative John Ackerley (R-Sahuarita) allows parents to opt-out of any statewide assessment.  The full House voted in favor of HB 2180 sponsored by Boyer on a 35-22 vote.  This bill if passed in the Senate and signed into law would require the Arizona State Board of Education to develop alternatives to the AzMerit Assessment which is aligned with the Common Core.  Local school boards would be able to choose the assessment that works best for their district.