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The National Common Core Standards System

This heavily referenced, 48-page document is the result of three months of research effort on the part of members of Arizona's Mommy Lobby, with the help of Emmett McGroarty of the American Principles Project.   It has been distributed to Arizona's House and Senate Education Committees, Governor Ducey's office, most of Arizona's leadership, as well as the Arizona State Board of Education.  If you have questions about Common Core in Arizona (aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards) most of the answers are contained in this document titled the National Common Core Standards System.  

Chapter headings include:  1) History of Common Core: America and Arizona; 2) The Common Core are Inferior, Defective, and do Not Lead to Readiness for Authentic College Work; 3) High Stakes Testing; 4) Data Collection and Personally Identifiable Information; and 5) Teacher Accountability.

Please feel free to distribute this document, all or in part, as widely as possible.  Click the title to open the National Common Core Standards System.

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing
July 25, 2015
Ray Charles and Johnny Cash: Why Me Lord

Written by Kris Kirstofferson

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Tags: Christianity
July 25, 2015
Religious Convictions of America's Founders: Thomas McKean

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."  Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 

Thomas McKean.  Along with Caesar Rodney of Delaware, Thomas McKean signed the Declaration of Independence.  He was one of Delaware's delegates to the First Continental Congress in 1774 and the Second Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776.  He served as President of Congress (July 10, 1781 – November 4, 1781), was a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution, and served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Governor of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Delaware.

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Tags: Christianity, Declaration of Independence, Founders
July 20, 2015
Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #48 in Per Pupil Spending?

You've heard the mantra, especially from newspaper editorials around Arizona, accusing the Legislature of "disgraceful, seemingly willful abandonment of our public schools."   (See Payson Schools facing Tough Competition.)   Arizona's news editors don't want you to know the "rest of the story," if it doesn't fit their Leftist world view.  What are the facts?  

The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) has put together an 8-page document titled Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Providing Context to a Complex Measurement, that provides factual information relating to the reasons and fallacies surrounding the commonly argued narrative that Arizona doesn't fund K-12 education adequately. 

Summary

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Schools, Media Malpractice
July 20, 2015
More Education for our Dollars, Not More Dollars for Education

Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperitywrote an article  which appeared in the July 6, 2015 edition of the Arizona Republic.  

Follows are some excerpts.  Click on the title My Turn:  Increasing spending hasn't brought an increase in achievement to read the full article. 

According to Jenney, 

"If the average school district limited capital spending, maintenance, administrative overhead and other programs to 33 percent ($78,000), it could allocate $78,000 for the salary and benefits of a good teacher in each classroom, and still allocate another $78,000 to pay an instructor to work with the special education students in each classroom.

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Tags: Schools, Education
July 19, 2015
Is Your Arizona Legislator a Hero of the Taxpayer or Friend of Big Government?

Arizona's Americans for Prosperity has published its 2015 Scorecard, ranking all Arizona legislators on their performance during the last legislative session.  Does your legislator support you and your family?  Or does he or she prefer to drain your prosperity and hand it over to government?   Click the 2015 Arizona Legislative Scorecard to find out.  

Heroes of the Taxpayer include:  Sen. David Farnsworth (LD16), Sen. Judy M. Burges (LD22), Sen. Sylvia Allen, (LD6), Sen. Steve Smith (LD11), Rep. Warren Petersen (LD12),  Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (LD12), Rep. Steve Montenegro (LD13), Rep. Anthony Kern (LD20), Rep. Darin Mitchell (LD13), and Sen. Debbie Lesko (LD21).

Who are the Worst Republicans?

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Tags: Arizona Legislature
July 18, 2015
How Great Thou Art

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Tags: Christianity
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