Future of AZ education remains unclear

Posted: Feb 24, 2015 3:13 PM MSTUpdated: Mar 10, 2015 4:50 PM MST

As a bill to ban Common Core standards in Arizona classrooms keeps advancing, the future of education in Arizona remains unclear.
Arizona Rep. Paul Boyer, R-District 20, doesn't mince words when explaining why he doesn't like Common Core.

"My concern as a teacher is not having curricular freedom moving forward, that everything will have to be aligned to the Common Core standards which are really federal standards," Boyer said.

However, when asked specifically what he doesn't like within the Common Core standards and what they should be, Boyer isn't so clear.
"I'll leave that up to local education areas, and local control is very important to Arizona. We are very autonomous as a state," Boyer said.
Even Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't give specifics when asked about the future of education.
"We believe in high standards in this administration and that's what we want to see. We want our education to lead the nation and those are the reforms we are trying to make," Ducey said.
Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-District 27, said lack of a specific alternate plan to Common Core is the heart of the issue.
"I think right now we're at a position where our lawmakers are at a point where they don't know what the future is," Bolding said. "We can't walk in and say Common Core is bad because then the next question is, what is good?"
It's a question that remains a hot-button topic in Arizona.
"We're in a position now where if I'm a parent I'm looking to say, ‘What are you guys doing? Let's actually get things working," Bolding said.
HB 2190, which would kill the Common Core standards and require a steering committee to create new standards, was discussed by a caucus Tuesday. It's expected to be heard on the House floor Wednesday.

Originally Posted on kpho.com on Mar 10, 2015.