If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia. Read more» 1
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Arizona children entering third grade this year are the first who will have to prove that they can read at an acceptable level or face being held back. The Department of Education estimates that the law will force about 1,500 children to repeat third grade next year. Another 17,000 third graders are at risk of being held back Read more»
Gov. Jan Brewer called Monday for Arizona to make performance part of the formula that allocates school funding.Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her State of the State address Monday. Read more»
A conservative advocacy group gives Arizona a C-minus in a national report card on education policy but notes the state has made strides in reform and has room for growth. Read more»