PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has issued an executive order renaming the
state’s new Common Core academic standards and reaffirming that Arizona is
acting independently from the federal government.
Friday’s order comes just days after Superintendent of Public Instruction John
Huppenthal proposed the name change while saying he too supports the standards.
The state Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010.
Common Core standards have been adopted by 46 states. But they have drawn
criticism from right-wing Republican activists who contend they’re being foisted
on states by the federal government. Opponents of the standards fought their
implementation in the state Legislature during the session that ended in June.
The state’s academic standards will now be called Arizona’s College and
Career Ready Standards.