Please contact Gov. Doug Ducey and your state senator regarding two critical bills concerning Common Core in Arizona.
Common Core is an experiment destined for failure, a loss of local control, a loss of parental rights, a loss of privacy, with high costs and more.
These bills will begin the process of reclaiming control of education policy making and pushing back against the federal government and special interests.
The Arizona House of Representatives has passed both bills, and last week the Senate Education Committee passed them out of committee by votes of 5-2. Now the full Senate is expected to vote on them any day now.
For far too long, the legislature has abdicated its responsibilities over education policy making. They have left these critical decisions in the hands of the State Board of Education, which has acted as a mere servant of the US Department of Education. That is why Arizona signed on to the national Common Core standards and why the rights of parents have been compromised.
The legislature must stand up to protect children and their parents and get rid of the inferior, gravely flawed national Common Core Standards.
Gov. Ducey is losing his courage. After making election promises last year to get rid of the Common Core, Gov. Ducey now wants to wash his hands of responsibility and leave the matter in the hands of the State Board of Education – the entity that adopted the National Common Core Standards in the first place! He even asked the Board to use the Common Core – not a world-class set of standards – as the starting point! Gov. Ducey is going through the same steps that Gov. Pence of Indiana took in ushering in a rebrand of Common Core.
- Call Gov. Ducey (602-542-4331) and tell him to support HB 2246 and HB 2190!
- Contact your senator and urge him/her to vote in favor of HB 2246 and HB 2190. The numbers and addresses are at the end of this message. If you do not know who your senator is then click here for their name and contact information.
- Please pass this e-alert on to like-minded friends, family, pastor, and acquaintances today, and ask them to pray and take action on this important issue.
Pray: Pray for your senator and Gov. Ducey. May they both do what is right on behalf of Arizona children and encourage others to do the same.
Background on the Common Core
The national Common Core standards are privately owned and developed standards in math and English Language Arts (ELA). They are of low quality and operate as a glass ceiling that locks children into a slowed-down academic progression and fails to prepare them for college.
This is not a matter of debate. Jason Zimba, the chief architect of the Common Core math standards, admitted in testimony that Common Core is:
“Not only not for STEM, it’s also not for selective colleges. For example, for UC Berkeley, whether you are going to be an engineer or not, you’d better have precalculus to get into UC Berkeley.”
Marina Ratner, a world-class mathematician, wrote in the Wall Street Journal:
“Students taught in the way that these standards require would have little chance of being admitted to even an average college and would certainly struggle if they did get in.”
The Common Core English standards are likely even worse. Professor Sandra Stotsky, the only content expert on the Common Core English Validation Committee, refused to sign off on the standards. She criticizes the ELA standards as:
“empty skill sets . . . [that] weaken the basis of literary and cultural knowledge needed for authentic college coursework.”
Please ask your Senator to Vote for HB 2246 and HB 2190.
Ed Ableser, (D) District 26 email@example.com, 602-926-4118
Sylvia Allen, (R) District 6 firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-926-5409
Nancy Barto, (R) District 15 email@example.com, 602-926-5766
Carlyle Begay, (D) District 7 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5862
Andy Biggs, (R) District 12 email@example.com , 602-926-4371
David Bradley (D) District 10 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5262
Judy Burges (R) District 22 email@example.com , 602-926-5861
Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) District 3 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5835
Lupe Contreres (D) District 19 email@example.com , 602-926-5284
Andrea Dalessandro (D) District 2 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5342
Jeff Dial (R) District 18 email@example.com , 602-926-5550
Adam Driggs (R) District 28 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-3016
Steve Farley (D) District 9 email@example.com , 602-926-3022
David C. Farnsworth (R) District 16 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-3020
Gail Griffin (R) District 14 email@example.com , 602-926-5895
Katie Hobbs (D) District 24 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5325
John Kavanagh (R) District 23 email@example.com , 602-926-5170
Debbie Lesko (R) District 21 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5413
Barbara McGuire (D) District 8 email@example.com , 602-926-5836
Robert Meza (D) District 30 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-3425
Catherine Miranda (D) District 27 email@example.com , 602-926-4893
Lynne Pancrazi (D) District 4 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-3004
Steve Pierce (R) District 1 email@example.com , 602-926-5584
Martin Quezada (D) District 29 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5911
Don Shooter (R) District 13 email@example.com , 602-926-4139
Steve Smith (R) District 11 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5685
Kelli Ward (R) District 5 email@example.com , 602-926-4138
Bob Worsley (R) District 25 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-5760
Steve Yarbrough (R) District 17 email@example.com , 602-926-5863
Kimberly Yee (R) District 20 firstname.lastname@example.org , 602-926-3024