HB 2190, Repeal & Replace CC Update

HB 2190, Repeal & Replace CC Update

On Wednesday, March 11 in open session of the 52nd Arizona Legislature, HB 2190, the bill to repeal and replace the Federally dictated program known generally as Common Core, but here in Arizona College and career ready standards, was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 34 to 24 with two members not voting.

Members had a spirited, transparent debate over the content and implications of the bill.

We saw crony capitalism on trial for the public to see….

At stake is the future of a robust public education system for Arizona that will put us on a path to making a reality what Governor Ducey referred to in his inauguration message that is to make Arizona THE EDUCATION STATE.  Voters watched to see our members act on the will of the people instead of the will of special interests.

When Common Core was first proposed, Arizona and the other states that decided to opt in were promised higher standards among other critical deliverables.  What has been given to us is far different than what was promised.

“Local Control” means state control…

HB 2190 restores local control, which means in this context State of Arizona control, and moves parents and teachers back into the mix of creating higher standards and the review of curriculum that teachers will use to meet the demands of the new higher standards.

We agree that standards ought to be aligned from coast to coast, but a top down, one size fits all, NGO copyrighted solution is not what is best for Arizona children, young adults and industry.  If we want to lead the nation in education we can’t settle for following the pack.

  • Arizona was promised internationally benchmarked standards; instead we have received a process built for indoctrination, and a set of standards that do not rise to the level of “international standards” as evidenced by the refusal to sign off by key educators who evaluated them.
  • Arizona was promised a frame work to evaluate children for appropriate advancement through the K-12 system, and to evaluate the systems teaching them; instead we have been forced into an expensive high stakes testing system and a creativity killing program that treats children like human capital, making them “worker bees”.
  • As written, Common Core is in violation of US Code and causes not only the release of individually identifiable personal information, but the tracking of such throughout an individual’s life.
  • Non-cognitive data under the Common Core scheme, as written, is available for private entities to harvest cognitive, non-cognitive and personally identifiable data directly linked to each individual child. Why?
  • Such data collection has never been a part of “education”, and to my knowledge no member of Congress, this State legislature or even a local school board would permit their own information, going back to kindergarten forward to today, to be collected or sent out to any entity public or private.  Why then would we permit that for our children?

Standards evolve and improve…

HB 2190 is designed to correct these defects in standards and law, and to place control of the data outside of the reach of any entity not specifically engaged in the instruction and development of children in the K-12 education system (both public and private).

Common Core is designed to train a nation of “worker bees”, contrary to the edubabble, corporate speak that we are teaching “critical thinking” to children.  Our children are not “human capital”; they are creative individuals and ought to be treated as such. I doubt that we would have gone to the moon without creative minds.  If we are going to be a world leader, we must act like it; we can’t settle for what the rest of the world is doing to educate their children.

One of the members spoke on the floor against the bill saying that China is our chief competition and we are losing ground to them.  If that were truly the case, then they would not be copying and counterfeiting everything from NFL footballs to fighter jets.

As Representative Bowers said so eloquently on the floor, “we have more of a parenting problem than an education problem.  We have good teachers who are trying to fill the gap”.  We need to be diligent about bringing parents and teachers back into the teaching oversight equation, to have a collaborative solution to public education.

Common Core is becoming less common by the day…

We are on the right track as other states including Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Montana, West Virginia and Washington State have repealed or are in the process of repealing Common Core and its multiple attempts at rebranding.

Once the bill is passed in the Senate and signed by Governor Ducey, the Arizona Education Standards Development and Improvement Committee will work to create new standards or choose from appropriate standards that may already be available, that are the right fit for Arizona.

Ultimately the work done by the Committee and the State Board of Education will be published for 60-days for public review and comment, and are subject to legislative review and approval.  We will not have standards that are adopted by unelected officials without the approval of elected representatives of the people.  HB 2190 brings disclosure and transparency to the process.

Deforming eduction in America…

While preparing HB2190 we cam across a group of teachers, about 12,000 strong known as The Bad Ass Teachers Association.  Their take on education isn’t that Common Core was reforming education, but instead deforming education.  I urge you to see their vide on “House of Cards“.

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