Arizona’s Common Core Rebrand is Just Lipstick on a Pig!

by Jennifer Reynolds, publisher of Arizonans Against Common Core

A Rebrand of Common Core is coming unless we stop it through our combined voices speaking against the proposed 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. Very little has changed with these 2016 Standards and we will still have Common Core!

As suspected the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and State Board of Education (SBE) are trying to "Rebrand Common Core" with their latest 2016 draft of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. The ADE Working Groups were tasked to review and incorporate our public comments which have been ignored. Our pleas to take out the "prescriptive examples and developmentally inappropriate standards for ELA and Mathematics" have been brushed aside, and the ADE Working Groups proceeded with the 2nd rewrite with very little changes to the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (aka Common Core). If you put lipstick on the Common Core pig, it is still a pig!

Here are the reviews that our combined groups- Arizonans Against Common Core, Opt Out AZ and "Mommy Lobby AZ"- submitted to the SBE K-12 Standards website on October 3 for the draft 2016 ELA and Mathematics Standards. Parents voices were NOT heard, our comments were NOT incorporated, and here we have another "Rebrand of Common Core" if we let this happen just like we saw in 2013 with the renaming of Common Core to "Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards."

WE NEED YOUR VOICES at the Arizona Standards Development Committee Meeting on December 14:

December 14, 9am at the ADE building (1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007). If you have commented on the draft 2016 ELA and Math standards AND/OR if you are fed up with what is happening in your child’s classroom with the Common Core standards and testing please show up and let your voices be heard. Nothing will change in Arizona if the 2016 ELA and Mathematics standards are approved by the Arizona Standards Development Committee and the State Board of Education which will happen with a subsequent vote. Common Core will be here to stay if we don’t rise up and stop it!

CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING? Who to contact about the Rebrand of Common Core? 

Governor Ducey initiated the "Arizona Standards Development Committee" to "review and replace the Common Core Standards"( on March 23, 2015 and these are his direct words, "As you know, I am against Common Core and spoke out against it on the campaign trail. That has not changed. Like you, I have high expectations and am for high standards for our students. We cannot excel without them. So, Arizonas standards must reflect the goals, expectations, and input of Arizonas parents and teachers. I encourage every Arizonan to get engaged in this process of creating new standards and assist the State Board of Education in the work ahead. Attend public meetings. Make calls. Write letters. Use social media. Make your voice heard. If like me, you are opposed to the federal governments increased involvement in our K-12 system, this is the quickest, best and most responsible way to fix it. If Arizona is going to be the best place in the nation to educate a child, then Arizonans must lead the way." ( " 

Contact Governor Ducey’s Senior Education Policy Advisor Dawn Wallace: or 602-542-1316.

Diane Douglas ran on the campaign promise to "Stop Common Core." Contact Superintendent Douglas and her staff who ran the ADE Working Groups and who are "Rebranding Common Core:" Superintendent Diane Douglas: or 602-542-5423

Carol Lippert, Associate Superintendent, High Academic Standards: or 602-364-1985.

Jonathan Moore, Deputy Associate Superintendent, K-12 Standards: or 602-364-2810.

Suzi Mast, Director of K-12 Mathematics Standards: or 602-364-4030.

Sean Ross, Director of K-12 ELA and Humanities Standards: or 602-542-6342

Executive Director at the State Board of Education (SBE)- Karol Schmidt: or 602-542-5057

Let our voices be heard that "WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A REBRAND OF COMMON CORE on our watch!"

For our precious children,

-Jennifer Reynolds

If you are just now waking up to the WAR that has been going on all around you for the last 5 years: 

See Also

The National Common Core Standards System  

An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model

Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model

Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues:  1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."

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Tom Horne Brought Common Core to Arizona 

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