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PHOENIX -- Business leaders are urging state lawmakers to embrace new school standards that are designed to produce students who are ready for the workplace or college.

Executives from Intel and Raytheon Missile Systems told a joint meeting of House committees Wednesday that the health of their businesses is tied to improving outcomes in education.

That's the point of the new Common Core school standards the state is rolling out. They will replace the state's current standardized tests called AIMS in the 2014-2015 school year.

Gov. Jan Brewer has vowed to include some funding for the new program in the budget proposal she releases Friday.

Total costs of the new standards are a matter of political debate and range from the millions to hundreds of millions for teacher training and implementation.

Associated Press,

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