On this News page you can find out what currently is going on to "Restore Local Control" over standards and the statewide assessment in our state. Visit our "Activism" page as well for current legislation and community action items you can participate in. All previous presentations are posted here on How we adopted Common Core- "Common Core Rotten to the Core"; "What is Wrong with Common Core?"; Data Mining happening on our children- "Our Children Are Not for Sale"; and Education Updates are all posted here for you to educate yourselves and those around you on why we want state control over our standards, assessment and protection of our student data. Updates are also posted periodically on what is happening with Common Core across the nation as well.


Arizona Rebrands Common Core AGAIN in 2016!

The Arizona Department of Education "Rebranded Common Core," under former Superintendent John Huppenthal in 2013, by renaming the standards "Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards" (ACCRS) in attempt to calm down parents which did not work! As suspected the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and State Board of Education (SBE) are trying to "Rebrand Common Core" AGAIN with their latest 2016 draft of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. The ADE Working Groups were tasked to review and incorporate our public comments which have been ignored. Our pleas to take out the "prescriptive examples and developmentally inappropriate standards for ELA and Mathematics" have been brushed aside, and the ADE Working Groups proceeded with the 2nd rewrite with very little changes to the Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards (aka Common Core). If you put lipstick on the Common Core pig, it is still a pig!

Here is a copy of our e-mail correspondence with Superintendent Douglas, ADE Staff and Governor Ducey's Senior Education Policy Advisor, Dawn Wallace, asking why our public comments had not been incorporated.

Here are the reviews that our combined groups- Arizonans Against Common Core, Opt Out AZ and "Mommy Lobby AZ"- submitted to the SBE K-12 Standards website on October 3rd for the draft 2016 ELA and Mathematics Standards. Parents voices were NOT heard, our comments were NOT incorporated, and here we have another "Rebrand of Common Core" if we let this happen.

UPDATE: The vote to pass the 2016 ELA and Mathematics standards was delayed at the Arizona Standards Development Committee (ASDC) meeting on 12/14/16. Based upon concerns from the ASDC with the standards and parents comments being ignored, the committee pushed off voting an approval or disapproval of the standards until January! HOWEVER, the State Board of Education (SBE) disbanded their own rules and circumvented this extension to review the standards by the ASDC and voted on 12/19/16 to approve the 2016 standards "as is" with a 8-1 vote. No futher reviews by the ASDC nor public comments would be incorporated. By taking a vote at the SBE meeting this week, our public comments were again ignored and it shows they truly do not care what parents think about educating our children.

Both Superintendent Douglas and Governor Ducey were elected to Stop Common Core yet by their recent actions in "Rebranding Common Core" a second time it clearly shows they never had any intention to Stop Common Core. Attempting to put lipstick on the Common Core pig, adding a hat to try and disguise it along with a scarf, will not fool parents that this is still the "Common Core Pig."

Contact Superintendent Douglas and Governor Ducey and expose their actions. Let them clearly know that parents all across the state were ignored and we will not accept the 2nd "Rebrand of Common Core. Contact Superintendent Douglas at: Diane.Douglas@azed.gov or 602-542-5423. Contact Dawn Wallace, Governor Ducey's Senior Education Policy Advisor: dwallace@azed.gov or 602-542-1316. Contact Karol Schmidt, Executive Director at the State Board of Education (SBE) Karol.Schmidt@azsbe.az.gov or 602-542-5057. Contact Governor Ducey or by phone at: Phoenix: 602-542-4331 or Tucson: 520-628-6580. Let's not forget these turncoats and not reelect them in 2018!


Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) announced that the existing Science Standards (2004) and Social Studies Standards (2005) are up for review by December 3rd. Visit the ADE's K-12 Standards website to submit public comments or to become a member of the review committees for Science or Social Studies.


SBE Standards Development Committee

The State Board of Education (SBE) Standards Development Committee announced that the first drafts of the 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards are ready for public review on August 19, 2016. These standards can be found on their SBE website here. All comments need to be posted by October 3, 2016! Public meetings will also be hosted by the SBE from September 12th-September 21st and you can find those locations here. Let us take FULL advantage of this opportunity in reviewing the 2016 ELA and Mathematics standards and make sure this is NOT a "Rebrand of Common Core!"


Governor Ducey called a meeting on April 28, 2015 to meet with "Arizonans Against Common Core," "Opt Out AZ," and the rest of the "Mommy Lobby" who are actively fighting Common Core and he wanted our organizations involved in the process to "Remove and Replace Common Core." This meeting was attended by leaders from "Arizonans Against Common Core;" leaders from "Opt Out AZ;" leaders from the "Mommy Lobby;" and the Governor's staff- Governor Ducey, Laddie Shane, JP Twist and Dawn Wallace. State Board of Education members, Jared Taylor and Chuck Schmidt were also in attendance.

Governor Doug Ducey

Karol Schmidt, Current SBE Executive Director

Christine Thompson, Former SBE Executive Director

Dawn Wallace, Governor's Education Policy Advisor

Governor Ducey reminded everyone that he had asked the State Board of Education to begin the work of "Replacing Common Core in Arizona" at the State Board of Education (SBE) meeting on March 23, 2015. Christine Thompson, Executive Director of the SBE, and Dawn Wallace, Governor Ducey's Education Policy Advisor, drafted the process to "Replace Common Core" which was voted on during the April 27, 2015 State Board of Education meeting by the 11 members of the board (Michael Crow was not present for this vote so it was a 9-1 vote). This SBE process to "Review and Replace Common Core" was supposed to be completed by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. However, due to the SBE Executive Director changing (now Karol Schmidt) this process it is still on-going and work has only begun in 2016- to start reviewing the public comments on the Arizona College and Career Ready standards (aka Common Core) by this committee, and the English Languauge Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Working Groups. To see updates from the "Arizona Standards Development Committee" visit their webpage.

Governor Ducey made it very clear that he wanted to "Get Rid of Common Core" NOT "Rebrand Common Core." He wants Arizona's children to have something of value after 12 years of education, and he indicated that he wants all of our Anti-Common Core Groups to be an active part of the process to create high-quality, "Arizona Standards." To read more about this meeting read the article on "Gilbert Watch" entitled "Gov. Ducey to Arizona Citizens: 'Please Get Involved in the Process to Remove and Replace Common Core.'"

* "Education Update- August 2015" presented by Jennifer Reynolds.

* Share this presentation with your family, neighbors, school boards, etc. These Education Updates change every month so come back often!*

* Common Core Anthem, AZ Conference- "What is Wrong With Common Core?" presented by Gina Ray, Anita Christy and Lisa Fink.

* Share this presentation with your family, neighbors, school boards, etc. This presentation is updated periodically so check here for the latest presentation.*

* Common Core Conference- "Our Children Are Not For Sale!" presented by Jennifer Reynolds.

* Share this presentation with your family, neighbors, school boards, etc. This presentation is updated periodically so check here for the latest presentation.*

* "Common Core- Rotten to the Core Presentation" presented by Jennifer Reynolds (Read only).

* Share this presentation with your family, neighbors, school boards, etc. Jennifer Reynolds updates this presentation periodically so check here for the latest presentation.*

* "What is Wrong with Common Core?" presented by Gina Ray.

* Share this presentation with your family, neighbors, school boards, etc. Gina Ray updates this presentation periodically so check here for the latest presentation.*

*Hand out Common Core Education Fliers from the Fliers page.

* NY presentation by Lisa Christiansen, Lisa Johnson and Jodi Kohli- "Common Core- Do you know what you are biting into?"

This presentation has a lot of great research on the funding and companies behind Common Core, Pearson's plans for our children and the connection of Common Core to UNESCO.*

* "The Cloud Institute for Sustainable Education."

This presentation shows the goals of the United Nations for our children's education and their connection to Common Core.*


* Thirty-two States are in the process of submitting bills to reject Common Core as of March 20, 2015! Arizona is included in this number. Yea!!! Open document below to see a complete listing of the State's bills as of 3/20/15. *

* "Legislation would block Alabama from implementing national curriculum standards (updated)." A copy of the Alabama's bills (HB254) and (SB190) are here.

* Florida- "Education leaders worry schools won't be ready for new standards."

* "Bill introduced in Georgia to stop Common Core." and A copy of the Georgia's bill (SB163) is here.

* "Colorado Board of Education Hears Common Core Critics."

* "Common core ed standards face hearing in [Idaho's] House committee."

* "Indiana Bill Will Mandate Assessment and Public Input of Common Core." and A copy of Indiana's bill (SB193) is here.

Indianapolis Star- "Indiana Supreme Court upholds school vouchers."

The Foundry- "Governor Pence Pauses Indiana Common Core Standards."

* "Anti-Common Core Bill Filed Introduced In Kansas." and A copy of the Kansas's bill (HB2289) is here.

* "Louisiana SCR 68 Requests State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Education to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards Initiative and cease all activities related to implementation of such standards."

* "Anti-Common Core Bill Almost Ready to Go in Michigan House."

The Foundry- "Michigan Budget Battle Provides Opportunity to Reject Common Core National Standards."

* "Anti-Common Core Bill Filed in Missouri House." and A copy of the Missouri's bill (HB616) is here.

* ** NOTE: In U.S. Map above, Minnesota adopted the Common Core English Standards but not the Math Standards.**

* New York submitted legislation to Stop Common Core (6/13/13)- Senate Bill 79954.

* North Carolina Senate introduced in their budget language that requires the State Board of Education have the legislature approve any expenditures related to the Common Core and their assessments. This language is backed up in their Excellent Public Schools Act of 2013.

* Ohio is having a budget battle over the Common Core State Standards, after the Ohio House stripped funding for PARCC from their budget.

* Oklahoma- "Student Data Mining, How Much Data Is Enough?"

* Pennsylvania Senators urge for "slow down" of Common Core which led Governor Tom Corbett to sign an executive order delaying the Common Core implementation. (Still need legislative action so this is permanent).

* "South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair Warns About Common Core Testing."

* "Anti-Common Core Bill Clears South Dakota House Education Committee." and A copy of the South Dakota's bill (HB1204) is here.

* Tennessee Against Common Core website.

* "Common Core Propaganda Bill in Utah House."


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