For the second time this Legislative session, the Arizona Senate rejects legislation eliminating Common Core. Representative Mark Finchem’s bill, would’ve established a steering committee, including members from education

and the public to devise new educational standards for Arizona after the Common Core system was dismantled.

An informal roll call vote fell short of enough G-O-P support to carry into a formal vote. A disappointed Republican Kelli Ward says of H-B 2190’s downfall: “We’ve got great parents, engaged community members, students, teachers and administrators who are crying out for freedom from the oppression of the Federal government.”

Supporters of Common Core argue the controversial educational standards made students engage in critical thinking and the system is yielding results, to not just regurgitate information but grow in educational development and be prepared for the problem solving skills needed in society.

Republicans who helped kill the bill included Senators Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Jeff Dial and Bob Worsley.

–Barbara Villa