Monday morning the Arizona Board of Education voted 6 to 2 to reject the Common Core State Standards. The state will, for now, leave the the math and ELA standards in place, but the state will develop their own standards.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas was at the meeting and motioned for the vote. Eliminating Common Core is part of her education plan she unveiled earlier this month.
Board members discussed the issue for about 45 minutes before voting.
“The board is just saying, ‘We can take care of Arizona’s children and this is a very proud day for Arizonans,” said Douglas.
“This will send a clear message to the citizens of Arizona and the nation that Arizonans are smart enough, engaged enough, and collaborative enough to control the education of our own children.”
We’ll have to watch the process that takes shape as the board meets to determine the route they will go. My hope is that they solicit parental, educator and legislative feedback in an open and (real) transparent process.