Arizona Board of Education votes to reject Common Core curriculum

ARIZONA-Arizona Board of Education has voted to reject the Common Core Curriculum standards.

Eliminating Common Core is part of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ education plan she unveiled earlier this month.
There won’t be any immediate changes as a result of the vote.

The vote means Arizona will reject the federal education standard and will eventually have to develop its own standards.

Yuma County Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Tyree said “The vote was a symbolic one, Arizona standards haven’t changed, they are separate from the Common Core and they have been developed by people in Arizona.”

Tyree said, “This will put to rest the political debate that has surrounded the Common Core.”

Tyree said Arizona’s standards are currently under review.

Associate Superintendent Yuma Union High School District Jamie Sheldahl said the board for their school district made a very wise choice to develop their own standards five years ago.

Sheldahl said, “This won’t have any effect on current curriculum in the classroom.
We have a robust general curriculum that exceeds the standards, everything will proceed with our Ready Now initiative.”

On November 12th, the Governor’s office of Education will be in Yuma to discuss the education system in Arizona. The public is invited to attend and ask questions. To review current standards, you can visit k12standards.az.gov.

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