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1. Vacancy on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee

If you would like to play an effective role in replacing Common Core in Arizona, now’s your chance!  There’s a vacancy on the State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee for a member who is a parent of a public high school student.  The Arizona Standards Development Committee includes representation from the Board, business community, deans of colleges, parents, classroom teachers, a school administrator, and a school district governing board member. The Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is also a member of the Committee. Members of the Committee are an equal mix of those who have and have not participated in the standards development process in the past.

More information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee can be found HERE.   

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and return the requested documents to inbox@azsbe.az.gov by May 31, 2016.   Click HERE to print out the application.  

According to State Board Member Jared Taylor, “It would be great to get some good parents of high school students to apply.”

Are you interested in reviewing some excellent K-12 standards that already exist?  See 
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model  and Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model

Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues:  1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."

Please contact Gila Watch and let us know if you apply!

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, SBE, Schools
2. OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR SYLVIA ALLEN - SB1416

Dear Sen. Allen,

Like you, this has been an especially stressful session for me, too.  SB1416 (previously SB1313 previously SB1416 previously HB2184) is not what I planned to fight this session. 

I planned to do all possible to help parents protect their children from politicians and corporations that are using and abusing them, under the guise of “assessing their academic progress.”  AzMERIT by any name is an abomination brought to us by the Governor-appointed personalities on the State Board of Education (SBE).  In fact, it was the SBE that brought us AIMS, PARCC, and every other useless standardized test that has literally accomplished nothing in improving student achievement in Arizona.

It was the State Board of Education (SBE) that agreed to Common Core in Jan. 2010, before it was even written.  The SBE fell into lockstep to do what Governor Brewer required of them.  It was also the SBE that formally approved, in June 2010, the implementation of Common Core after a Dog and Pony Show put on by Dr. William McCallum, one of the lead math writers.  In fact, I didn’t find any evidence in the Minutes that the SBE reviewed the standards.  Not that it mattered.  The Governor wanted them, because she blindly believed the experts, plus she saw a chance at the $250 million jackpot called Race To The Top.  Even the “vetting” that went on within Arizona when teachers were brought in for their “opinions” of draft standards was nothing more than a publicity stunt on the part of the Common Core Team headed by David Coleman, who is well known as the chief architect.   The “fix” was in from start to finish.  The SBE didn’t do any independent “vetting” of their own. 

Common Core Standards didn’t take years to put into place.  They were literally dumped on teachers, kids, and parents, as witnessed by the revolt that occurred all across America, including the revolt of the grassroots in Arizona who did the vetting.   

I could go on with many more examples of the wasteful, incompetent, downright dangerous performance of the Governor-appointed State Board of Education and why they need less, not more, powers and duties.  But that’s for another day.   

You have stated that SB1416 is “the most misunderstood bill of the session with the most misinformation circulating among the grassroots organizations mostly fueled by their support of the Superintendent.” 

We aren’t alone.  Many Arizona senators and representatives join us in our precise understanding of the negative effects of this bill.

If SB1416 is approved, this is what the people who voted for Diane Douglas will know:  

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Tags: Common Core, Oligarchy, Schools, SBE
3. House Ed. Committee Poised to Stifle Voice of Voters: SB1313

The first effort to strip our duly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) of powers was during the Legislature's last session.  Thankfully, HB2184 was held in the House.  The second whack at our eleted SPI was brought forward this session by Sen. Jeff Dial, via SB1416.  

SB1416 has been held by Speaker of the House David Gowan, until very recently, when he caved under pressure from Governor Ducey.  Gowan is currently running as a "conservative" for U.S. Representative in CD1.  Is "caving under pressure" a trait you seek in a U.S. Congressman?  

SB1416 has now morphed into an even uglier SB1313, championed by Rep. Paul Boyer, known for his disdain for parental authority in matters relating to the education of their children.  See Rep. Paul Boyer Won't Allow Parental "Opt Out" Bill to be Heard! , Boyer Blocking Parental Choice, Privacy Bills , and Boyer Tries To Dodge Public On SB1313, Education Overhaul  

See below for a Summary of SB1313 by Vicki Alger, Ph.D.

Very simply, THIS BILL MUST BE STOPPED!

The House Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 16, at 2:00 PM, to vote on SB1313.  Click HERE for the agenda.  Please call, visit, use the RTS (virtual Request to Speak), email the following Committee members as soon as possible!

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Schools, SBE
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