Arizona's education standards are safe, at least for now.
The Senate voted 18-12 to kill legislation crafted by Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, to forbid Arizona from implementing the Common Core standards adopted by the National Governors Association. That vote followed heavily lobbying by key business groups who warned that scrapping the standards would lead to students graduating from high school without the skills they need to work or go on to college, and that might make them unemployable.
Wednesday's vote came despite a last-minute plea from Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert. He called Common Core “a further step toward nationalization of the K-12 system” that was developed by “an elite group,” saying it is appropriate for Arizona to revisit the standards the state adopted four years earlier.
SB 1310 likely was ultimately doomed no matter what the Senate did: Gov. Jan Brewer has been a supporter of what she renamed Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards and said through aides she would not sign any legislation that diluted them.