Arizona Senate rejects bill ditching Common Core

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(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has rejected a bill that would ditch the state's new Common Core school standards.

House Bill 2190 by Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley would drop the standards adopted by Arizona Board of Education. They've become a political issue nationally as opponents criticize them as driven by the federal government.

A handful of Republicans joined all Senate Democrats present to reject the proposal on a 13-16 vote Monday.

Opponents say Finchem's bill is poorly crafted and could require the state to spend millions of dollars for new classroom materials.

Gov. Doug Ducey said last week that legislation eliminating Common Core is "unnecessary" because he's asked the Board of Education for a full review. 

The Senate killed another proposal last month and an effort failed last year. 
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