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Capitol Hill Daily Published Tue, Oct 8th, 2013   Senior Correspondent

“Common Core State Standards” might be the four most dreaded words in the English language for parents, teachers, and students right now. The botched education policy is infected by corruption and surrounded by controversy – and has been criticized across the nation since being implemented.

But Arizona’s public school superintendent, John Huppenthal, thinks he can fix it. Huppenthal made an official announcement last week stating that Common Core may get a name change in Arizona, where the standards could become known as the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. However, if he thinks that this simple act will actually work, he’s sorely mistaken.

You see, Huppenthal wants people to believe that “Arizona is declaring independence from the Common Core and from the federal government. We want to make it clear that Arizona has taken possession of the standards.” Which is nice in theory, but there’s one little problem: Like many other states, Arizona received a Race to the Top grant. And in order for a state to be eligible for the grant funds, it has to adopt the Common Core State Standards.

According to the Arizona Department of Education website, the state received a $25 million grant and allocated $3 million of it to implementing the Common Core math and English standards. $25 million is a lot of money, and it undoubtedly came with some strings attached (after all, the money came from the government). Huppenthal can claim that the state has cut those strings, but how often does the government give away that kind of money without getting something in return?

Huppenthal says that Arizona wants independence from Common Core, but truthfully he doesn’t seem to have an issue with the policy itself. In fact, the superintendent made it clear that the state doesn’t intend to change anything about the standards other than the name. Arizona schools will adhere to the same rules, meet the same requirements, give the same standardized test and even follow the same lesson plans.

In reality, Huppenthal just wants to recondition people to accept the standards.He knows that parents and teachers are angered every time they hear “Common Core,” so the easiest way to fix that is to change the name. It’s really just an attempt to silence critics by duping them into believing that Arizona has pulled from Common Core.

But let’s face it:  A simple name change doesn’t cure Common Core of its ailments. It really doesn’t matter what Arizona calls the standards because they’re still bad education policy. If Arizona really wants to declare independence from Common Core and the federal government, they’ll start by scrapping the standards and giving back the grant money. It’s not likely to happen though, is it?

In pursuit of the truth,

Johnnie-Ann Campbell

http://www.capitolhilldaily.com/2013/10/common-core-curriculum/

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This is ridiculous.... the name change doesn't change anything!


Correct. It is simply a political ploy - a deceitful political ploy
Nancy Genys said:

This is ridiculous.... the name change doesn't change anything!

This is just further evidence that we have lost Arizona, people in power, like Huppenthal, OBrewer, McCain, and Flake, all contribute to our downfall.  I just wish more citizens would become more interested in their state affairs, pull themselves away from the television and take interest like they do for sports.  One could only "wish."


Well said
karen gevaert said:

This is just further evidence that we have lost Arizona, people in power, like Huppenthal, OBrewer, McCain, and Flake, all contribute to our downfall.  I just wish more citizens would become more interested in their state affairs, pull themselves away from the television and take interest like they do for sports.  One could only "wish."

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