Did the Public Weigh In On Arizona’s Common Core Standards?
Arizona superintendent candidate Diane Douglas claims that Arizona’s Common Core-aligned standards were “put into place sight unseen.” Is this claim true or false?
AZ Central did a thorough fact check, and came to this conclusion: FALSE. Let’s review the facts.
Here are Douglas’s words from an education debate:
“We did not have public hearings. I was on a school board, and I absolutely believed that the first people that would have heard would have been school boards when it was brought in.”
However, records from Arizona Board of Education show that, “the board discussed the standards in more than 10 meetings before they were adopted on June 28, 2010.” Furthermore, the agendas for those meetings were posted online for the public to see. Additionally, “The state board also sent letters to all district superintendents, principals and charter holders, informing them it was considering adopting the Common Core standards.”
Beyond the public meetings, the state solicited feedback from the public. Twice. Through those efforts, they received more than 250 pages of comments.
According to AZ Central, “Douglas, a member of the Peoria Unified School District governing board from 2005 to 2012, was present at a Jan. 28, 2010, board meeting when Peoria Superintendent Denton Santarelli stated that the state was considering adopting Common Core.”
It is unfortunate that candidates and public officials perpetuate the myth that the public did not have input into Common Core. Here are the facts:
Common Core State Standards were developed through the collaboration of experts and educators from 48 states. Nearly 10,000 comments from a variety of people around the country helped create Common Core’s standards, and state legislators retain the right to implement those standards as they see fit. All states received at least four proposed drafts of the standards during the process and had the opportunity to provide their input.
Read the full AZ Central article here.
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