TRUTH ABOUT COMMON CORE
Welcome to the Arizonans Against Common Core website. This site is
dedicated to giving you the information you need about Common Core and
what it means for you and your child, your wallet, and your freedom as
a parent or an educator.
WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
Common Core, or the Common
Core State Standards Initative (CCSSI), as
it is known at the AZ State and Federal level, is a set of national
education standards that will fulfill
the No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) Act, through a waiver system. (The NCLB Act was put
into place by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George
Our state, like many other states, was failing to meet the NCLB
Act requirements and, therefore, wanted something to replace NCLB. Under
NCLB, the states are required to have "college and career ready
standards,;" a student acheivement system (an assessment); and a "letter
grade ranking system" for local teachers and school district or charter
schools. Where in the "enumerated powers" of the US Constitution
does it state that the federal government can dicatate education
standards or assessments to the states? In the US Constitution, it
does not state that the federal
government has these powers, so the Common Core standards are unconstitutional and the
states should have never adopted NCLB, Common Core, nor any other education
madates that have come down from the federal government through the
decades! We should "nullify" their actions and "restore our states
rights" and "protect our state sovereignty!"
AZ adopted the CCSSI for English Language Arts and Math Standards in
June 2010 and started implementing them across the state. To find out
more details on AZ Implementation of Common Core, visit
the "When did AZ Join?" webpage
link. Governor Brewer renamed the Common Core Standards in our
state in September 2013, to the "AZ College and Career Ready Standards"
Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, has stated "nothing would change in the AZ
classroom" despite this name change.
Common Core State Standards
Initiative (CCSSI) are not state
standards in the first place, and are nothing more than further
federalization of our state education systems. It has been the goal of
federal education departments for decades to further control state
education of our children through federal standards, and to take
education out of the hands of the parents and put it to "the state," or
under federal control. This has been done at a rapid pace
through "school to work" and "college readiness" programs. To read
further on these programs visit our College Readiness link here.
"Educators have described Common Core as 'No Child Left Behind'
(NCLB) on steriods! In layman's terms, the Common Core State Standards
Initiative (CCSSI) is a set of National K-12 standards developed
primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C. under
the auspices of the National Governor's Association (NGA) and the Council
of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These Common Core Standards
were developed without state legislative
here for the Common Core "Quick Facts Sheet."
States were hooked into the Common Core movement with
Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) grants (funded through Obama's 2009-2012 stimulus
package the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- ARRA) they applied for in 2009-2010, and with that application, they were allowed
to apply for "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waivers" if they adopted the CCSSI
verbatim! Subsequently, each state was allowed to add 15% to these federal standards
under the Common Core 15% Rule only after they adopted these CCSSI
more on the "State Adoption of the Common Core: the Standards 15 Percent
For more details on "Who is Behind" the Common Core
implementation in the States visit the "Common Core Federal Standards
Initiative- How is it implemented in our 'States?'" flowchart
and the "Who is Behind Common Core?" webpage link.
If you would like to Become a member of the "Arizonans Against Common
Core" team and help us educate Arizona residents about Common Core, please
e-mail Our website coordinator at AZSchoolChoice at cox.net
SIGN UP FOR A "REQUEST TO SPEAK" ACCOUNT
Sign up for an account on the "Request to Speak" system so you can submit a comment
or testify on any bill at the Arizona State Legislature. Read more about
the "Request to Speak" and the "Arizona Legislative Information System
(ALIS)" in this document.
SUPPORT "LOCAL CONTROL" EDUCATION BILLS IN SENATE AND HOUSE
Contact your Senators and Representatives on these "local control"
education bills in the Senate and House this
session. Go to our
"Activism" tab here.
COMMON CORE FORUM
Learn why we need to "Restore Local Control and Stop Common Core"
in our state by watching the leading experts speak at our Common Core
Forum held in 2014- Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Dr. James Milgram and Ze'ev Wurman- on
our You Tube channel
At the Common Core Forum, Dr. Stotsky and Dr. Milgram presented the "Flaws of the English
Language Arts (ELA) Standards" and the "Flaws of the Math Standards,"
respectively. Ze'ev Wurman showed how these standards do not measure up to
International Expectations and are not Internationally Benchmarked. The Common Core
Standards will not prepare our students for a 4-yr university
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); will not make our
students better critical thinkers; Common Core lacks a strong literary base in
English Language Arts (ELA); will make our students 2-years behind in
Math and only prepare them up to Algebra II; the Common Core Assessments,
PARCC and SBAC, violate student privacy
laws (the Family Education
Rights to Privacy Act- FERPA, for one example) with the student data collection and
reporting to the "federal government and outside entities" and
Common Core implementation in our state will backrupt
Arizona with this "heavy cost
burden." Join me in contacting our legislators, Governor Ducey and
Superintendent Diane Douglas in sending a clear message that Arizonans
want "Local Control Over Standards and Assessments in our State!"
BUILDING THE MACHINE- A COMMON CORE DOCUMENTARY
Please watch this Common Core documentary exposing these standards as
a national movement that will not prepare our students for "college and
career readiness" and is a money making scam at the expense of our
COMMON CORE SENATE HEARING
Watch the Common Core Senate Hearing (Standards Symposium) that was held on 10/30/13 here.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, former Common Core Validation Committee Member
(leading expert on Common Core);
Jared Taylor, Heritage Academy Business Manager; Jonathan Butcher,
from the Goldwater Institute; and John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public
Instruction speak on Common Core concerns in our state. Watch their
testimonies and answers to your questions about Common Core.
"PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES" WAS SUBMITTED TO STATE LEADERSHIP.
"Petition for Redress" was signed by members of the community and it outlines
that the State Board of Education (SBE) did not follow Arizona State
Statute ARS15-203(A) when Common Core was adopted in our state on June
2010. No cost analysis was performed before adoption and very little
public input was obtained. Did you hear about Common Core before the 2012-2013 school
year when it was implemented state-wide? I bet the answer is NO!
Signatures for this petition were completed on 6/30/13, and the petition was
submitted to the Governor, Senate President, House Majority Leader,
Attorney General and many of our local school districs. Our petition was
ignored by our state leadership so now we are taking steps to obtain
legal council on the matter.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC) REJECTS COMMON CORE!
Passed Anti-Common Core Resolution at their spring meeting." This
resolution was presented at the RNC meeting in Los Angeles, CA in April
2013. Our state also unanimously passed a resolution rejecting Common
Core at a MCRC EGC meeting.