Arizona House Votes to Replace Common Core

arizona-state-flagThis week the Arizona House of Representatives voted 34 to 23 to replace the Common Core State Standards.  HB 2190 was introduced by State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley) and cosponsored by State Representatives Brenda Barton (R-Payson), Jay Lawrence (R-Scottsdale), and Noel Campbell (R-Prescott).

The House engrossed version reads in part:

Notwithstanding any other law, the State Board of Education may not adopt and the Department of Education may not implement the Common Core Standards, this state’s college and career ready standards or any other standards or assessments from any third-party provider that are substantially the same as those originating from the Common Core Standards, this state’s college and career-ready standards or any other standards or assessments originating from any third party provider that are aligned with standards or assessments proposed by the Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers. ┬áAny actions that were previously taken to adopt or implement standards that conflict with this section are void on the effective date of this section.

Then some other key language:

An official of this state, whether adopted or elected, may not join any consortium, association, or other entity on behalf of this state or a state agency if the membership would require this state to cede any measure of control over education, including academic content standards and assessments of those standards.

Then this…

The State Board of Education may not enter into any agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract with any federal agency or private entity that in anyway cedes or limits state discretion or control over the process of developing, adopting or revising subject matter standards and corresponding student assessments in the public school system including agreements, memoranda of understanding and contracts in exchange for funding for public schools and programs.

It also lays out a process in which new standards are developed including soliciting public comment and public hearings in each congressional district.  It also lays out restrictions on data collection and data sharing.

It has now been referred to the Arizona Senate Education Committee.

You can read the bill below:

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