Unable to block Common Core, state lawmakers voted Monday to prohibit the state from adopting any education standards mandated by the federal government.
HB 2316 likely would not affect Common Core, which is not a federal mandate but actually approved by the National Governors Association as an option for states. And Arizona already has opted in.
But the legislation could impact how future charges are made in standards, whether mandated from Washington or not.
It spells out that any future changes to state academic standards be done through a “transparent public process that allows the people of this state ample time and opportunity to review proposed changes and provide feedback.” That addresses concerns that the vote four years ago by the state Board of Education was done without sufficient notice to parents.
The measure goes to the governor following a 16-7 Senate vote and final House approval on a 35-20 margin.