Common Core central to race for Arizona superintendent

Aug 8, 2014 by

Seldom has a two-word phrase of educational jargon evoked as much passion as Common Core.

Advocates, who include many educators and the business community, say the school guidelines outlined under the national Common Core initiative will help American students develop critical-thinking skills and prepare them not only for college, but also for competing in a global economy.

Opponents say Common Core amounts to a top-down fiat from Washington that denies states and schools the discretion to set their own curricula.

The debate is playing out in Arizona, particularly in the race for state superintendent of public instruction. On the Republican side, incumbent John Huppenthal spent his first term championing Common Core, while his opponent, Diane Douglas, has made repealing the program the focus of her campaign.

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