Ducey calls for state to review, tweak Common Core standards

Governor Doug Ducey does not support a repeal of Arizona's Common Core Education Standards, but he does favor tweaking the Federal Standards adopted by the state.

Gov. Ducey laid out his vision for education Monday morning at a State Board of Education meeting.

He called on the board to review the state's standards and make adjustments where needed.

The Governor has made it clear he doesn't support the idea of Washington calling the shots in Arizona's classrooms, but also admits some aspects of the Common Core Standards are working.

"When you have this level of anxiety and confusion around something that is meant to be a good idea, something is wrong," said Gov. Doug Ducey.

And the Governor hopes to clear up that confusion, he tasked the State Board of Education to adjust the standards as needed.

"Where we have a standard fhtat fits, and is necessary, that is something we want to embrace. This is not just a political issue, this is a very real issue... at the end of the day we want to focus on our kids learning, and are we getting better results in the classroom," said Ducey.

At the standing room only meeting, some educators told the board the standards work.

"They do work, I have seem them work fantastically," said Principal Victoria Brand, Elfrida Elementary School.

Brand drove nearly four hours from her school in southeastern Arizona to tell the board that changing the standards put in place nearly 5 years ago may not be a good move.

"To hear that everything we have done up to this point is just not important, it is really difficult to deal with that," she said.

The legislature is working on a bill that would repeal the standards, but Ducey doesn't support it.

"I don't think that legislation is necessary, because we are going to fix what is wrong with these standards," said Ducey.

"We need more certainty and less chaos, and right now the new C in Arizona is chaos, and we want certainty in our classrooms," said Andrew Morrill, witht he Arizona Education Association.

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