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May 2, 2015
Gov. Ducey to Arizona Citizens: "Please Get Involved in the Process to Remove and Replace Common Core"

In his desire to get rid of and replace Common Core, Governor Doug Ducey called for a meeting of anti-Common Core leaders.  That meeting occurred on Tuesday, April 28, and was attended by Gina Ray, Jennifer Reynolds, Lisa Fink, Lisa Hudson, Anita Christy, and others.  State Board members Jared Taylor and Chuck Schmidt also attended.

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Tags: Common Core
April 27, 2015
Arizona Standards Development Committee - Please Apply and Replace Common Core!

The State Board of Education (SBE) will be selecting members for the Arizona Standards Development Committee (ASDC).  Applications are due by May 6! This is the committee that was established based upon the request from Governor Ducey to "review and replace the standards" at the SBE meeting on March 23.  (See I'm For Arizona Standards.) 

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Tags: Common Core
April 27, 2015
Gina Ray Interview: The Mommy Lobby and AZMerit Opt Out Movement

Please listen to this 24-minute interview all the way through.  There is only one commercial.  Click HERE

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Tags: Common Core
April 27, 2015
AZ Merit and the Arizona Bar Exam

What is a “high stakes test”? 

"High stakes testing is so named because the test outcomes are used to make important, often life-altering decisions. Such decisions may include the denial of a high school diploma, the repetition of a grade, the labeling of students and schools in pejorative ways, the withholding of funding, and even the closing of a school. Students who may do well in school all year but fail a high stakes test may be required to attend summer school and take the test again or spend another year in the same grade…" See High Stakes Test.   

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Tags: Common Core
April 27, 2015
Student Secretly Films Common Core Test

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April 20, 2015
Tim Carter and Gina Ray: Opposing Views on Common Core

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Mingus Mountain Republican Club featured two speakers on Common Core: Tim Carter was recently appointed by Governor Ducey to the Arizona State Board of Education.  He is also the Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools (up for reelection in 2016).  He is on record in support of the Common Core standards.  See Yavapai County school superintendent gets districts ready for common core standards.  

Gina Ray is the Chandler mother of 4 children.  All of her children attend Arizona’s public schools.  Ms. Ray is a former Montessori teacher who was originally for the Common Core standards and high stakes testing, until she educated herself on them. 

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Tags: Common Core
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