Ariz. legislators want to scrap Common Core education standards


by Dennis Welch

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Posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 1:10 PM

PHOENIX -- The Common Core standards for K-12 education have come under fire from Republican legislators in Arizona who want to scrap them, despite objections from parents and teachers.

A measure that would remove Common Core from Arizona schools has moved to the Senate floor, and sources tell 3TV it will likely pass by a close vote and move to the House.

The standards were created for consistency and stress the importance of real-life applications

Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, is leading the charge against the standards, saying some of the reading material in the curriculum is “borderline pornographic.”

He also cited “fuzzy math,” which substitutes letters for numbers, as a reason to abolish Common Core.

“It’s hard to say these things with a straight face,” Melvin said.

But most teachers and parents in Arizona want to keep the higher math and English standards, which most states in the country have adopted.

Jonathan Parker, a local high school teacher, said the effort to return to lower standards is alarming.

“Any debate that would move us backwards rather than forwards isn’t advancing the cause of our students,” he said.

Some parents have said they fear their children will not be adequately prepared for the future if Common Core is scrapped.

“To let them down like this is really disappointing to me because we’re asking a lot of our kids,” said Mitra Khazai, a mother of three children. “Looking into the future, the kind of jobs they’re going to need to be prepared for, why aren’t we trying to prepare them?”