Senator holds up action on Ducey appointee over Common Core

PHOENIX (AP) - A state senator says one of Gov. Doug Ducey's appointees to the state Board of Education won't get an immediate confirmation hearing and that the rest of his first year in office will serve as a "test drive."

The appointee, Yavapai County schools Superintendent Tim Carter, helped craft Arizona's version of the Common Core school standards, which Sen. Kelli Ward opposes.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the Lake Havasu City Republican said she's using her Education Committee chairmanship as a way to fight Common Core.

Carter can serve on the state board without Senate confirmation but only for one year following his appointment.

Republican Rep. Karen Fann of Prescott told The Daly Courier in Prescott that she was "amazed and appalled" by Ward's move.

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