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TRUTH ABOUT COMMON CORE

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Welcome to the Arizonans Against Common Core website. This site is dedicated to giving you the information you need about Common Core and what it means for you and your child, your wallet, and your freedom as a parent or an educator.

WHAT IS COMMON CORE?

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initative (CCSSI), as it is known at the AZ State and Federal level, is a set of national education standards that will fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, through a waiver system. (The NCLB Act was put into place by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George W. Bush).

Our state, like many other states, was failing to meet the NCLB Act requirements and, therefore, wanted something to replace NCLB. Under NCLB, the states are required to have "college and career ready standards,;" a student acheivement system (an assessment); and a "letter grade ranking system" for local teachers and school district or charter schools. Where in the "enumerated powers" of the US Constitution does it state that the federal government can dicatate education standards or assessments to the states? In the US Constitution, it does not state that the federal government has these powers, so the Common Core standards are unconstitutional and the states should have never adopted NCLB, Common Core, nor any other education madates that have come down from the federal government through the decades! We should "nullify" their actions and "restore our states rights" and "protect our state sovereignty!"

AZ adopted the CCSSI for English Language Arts and Math Standards in June 2010 and started implementing them across the state. To find out more details on AZ Implementation of Common Core, visit the "When did AZ Join?" webpage link. Governor Brewer renamed the Common Core Standards in our state in September 2013, to the "AZ College and Career Ready Standards" but Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, has stated "nothing would change in the AZ classroom" despite this name change.

Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) are not state standards in the first place, and are nothing more than further federalization of our state education systems. It has been the goal of federal education departments for decades to further control state education of our children through federal standards, and to take education out of the hands of the parents and put it to "the state," or under federal control. This has been done at a rapid pace through "school to work" and "college readiness" programs. To read further on these programs visit our College Readiness link here.

"Educators have described Common Core as 'No Child Left Behind' (NCLB) on steriods! In layman's terms, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a set of National K-12 standards developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the National Governor's Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These Common Core Standards were developed without state legislative authority." Go here for the Common Core "Quick Facts Sheet."

States were hooked into the Common Core movement with Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) grants (funded through Obama's 2009-2012 stimulus package the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- ARRA) they applied for in 2009-2010, and with that application, they were allowed to apply for "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waivers" if they adopted the CCSSI verbatim! Subsequently, each state was allowed to add 15% to these federal standards under the Common Core 15% Rule only after they adopted these CCSSI standards verbatim. Read more on the "State Adoption of the Common Core: the Standards 15 Percent Rule" here.

For more details on "Who is Behind" the Common Core implementation in the States visit the "Common Core Federal Standards Initiative- How is it implemented in our 'States?'" flowchart and the "Who is Behind Common Core?" webpage link.

GET INVOLVED

If you would like to Become a member of the "Arizonans Against Common Core" team and help us educate Arizona residents about Common Core, please e-mail Our website coordinator at AZSchoolChoice at cox.net

COMMON CORE FORUM- AUGUST 2, 6-9PM, BURKE BASIC SCHOOL

Please consider donating to this event to pay for the travel expenses of Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Dr. James Milgram and Ze'ev Wurman on our donate page here.

ARIZONANS AGAINST COMMON CORE ENDORSES FRANK RIGGS FOR GOVERNOR

As you know, fighting Common Core out of our state is very important to our group! Many of the Republican Candidates have stated they oppose Common Core which shows our education efforts in the state are working! YEAH! However, Frank Riggs has stated he will issue an Executive Order his first day in office to "Exit our state out of the Common Core Standards and Assessment (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers-PARCC) and to defund it." We need this type of leadership in our state to Stop the Implementation of the Common Core Standards and Assessment (PARCC) and to preserve our children's futures. There is countless data out there showing how Common Core will not prepare our students for a 4-yr university in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); will not make our students better critical thinkers; Common Core lacks a strong literary base in English Language Arts (ELA); will make our students 2-years behind in Math and only prepare them up to Algebra II; the Common Core Assessment, PARCC, violates student privacy laws (the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act- FERPA, for one example) with the student data collection and reporting to the "federal government and outside entities" and Common Core implementation in our state will backrupt Arizona with this "heavy cost burden." Will you join me in supporting Frank Riggs for Governor? Will you sign his petition and donate to his campaign? He understands what needs to happen at the State and Federal level to STOP COMMON CORE!

SUPPORT DIANE DOUGLAS'S CAMPAIGN

Diane Douglas is running against John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction (Head of the AZ Department of Education). Please sign her petition and donate your time to her campaign by visiting her website here.

"MEET AND GREET" WITH DIANE DOUGLAS- APRIL 18th!

Arizonans Against Common Core is hosting a "Meet and Greet" with candidate Diane Douglas on April 18th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Burke Basic School (Southern Ave. between Center St. and Mesa Dr.) Come hear how Diane will bring back "local control" over education in our state! Here is the flier for the April 18th event.

BUILDING THE MACHINE- A COMMON CORE DOCUMENTARY

Please watch this Common Core documentary exposing these standards as a national movement that will not prepare our students for "college and career readiness" and is a money making scam at the expense of our children's futures here!

REMOVE NAME FROM CANDIDATE PETITION?

If you previously signed Superintendent John Huppenthal's election petition and you would now like to "withdrawal your name" fill out this "Affidavit of Signature Withdrawal form" and submit it to your local County Recorder Office. Here is the website for all County Recorder Offices and their addresses. Diane Douglas is the only candidate that will "Restore 'Local Control' over education by Stopping Common Core!"

SUPPORT "LOCAL CONTROL" EDUCATION BILLS IN SENATE AND HOUSE

Contact your Senators and Representatives on these "local control" education bills in the Senate and House this session. Go to our "Activism" tab here.

COMMON CORE SENATE HEARING

Watch the Common Core Senate Hearing (Standards Symposium) that was held on 10/30/13 here. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, former Common Core Validation Committee Member (leading expert on Common Core); Jared Taylor, Heritage Academy Business Manager; Jonathan Butcher, from the Goldwater Institute; and John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction speak on Common Core concerns in our state. Watch their testimonies and answers to your questions about Common Core.

"PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES" WAS SUBMITTED TO STATE LEADERSHIP.

This "Petition for Redress" was signed by members of the community and it outlines that the State Board of Education (SBE) did not follow Arizona State Statute ARS15-203(A) when Common Core was adopted in our state on June 2010. No cost analysis was performed before adoption and very little public input was obtained. Did you hear about Common Core before the 2012-2013 school year when it was implemented state-wide? I bet the answer is NO! Signatures for this petition were completed on 6/30/13, and the petition was submitted to the Governor, Senate President, House Majority Leader, Attorney General and many of our local school districs. Our petition was ignored by our state leadership so now we are taking steps to obtain legal council on the matter.

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC) REJECTS COMMON CORE!

"RNC Passed Anti-Common Core Resolution at their spring meeting." This resolution was presented at the RNC meeting in Los Angeles, CA in April 2013. Our state also unanimously passed a resolution rejecting Common Core at a MCRC EGC meeting.