They call themselves the “Mommy Lobby,” and even after two anti-Common Core bills failed to become law in Arizona, the growing group of parents and grassroots activists vows to continue to fight Common Core until it’s repealed.
Gina Ray, a mother of four and member of the Mommy Lobby, says Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is responsible for the Common Core repeal-and-replace legislation not passing. Speaking during an Arizona Board of Education meeting in March, Ducey called House Bill 2190, which would have repealed and replaced Common Core, “unnecessary.”
“It sends the message to senators to kill the bill,” said Ray. “It seems like the governor is saying he doesn’t want it to come to his desk, [that] he wouldn’t sign it.
“I should feel really discouraged, but I really don’t, because I see more and more people waking up,” said Ray. “I do have this little lump in my throat. This is a sad little lump, but I don’t feel defeated, because the momentum is picking up.”
‘Feeling of Betrayal’
The Florida House of Representatives is considering a bill that would streamline the charter school approval process and fast-track the closing of underperforming charters.
House Bill 7037 would create a statewide institute whose mission would be to assist in the opening of proposed charters. It would use a standardized checklist to determine important information in need of collection. The information would be used to help indicate future success for proposed schools. Sponsors say this should...
After a lengthy legislative session and multiple amendments, Mississippi became the third state in the nation to pass an education savings account (ESA) bill, which will allow disabled students a state-funded scholarship account to customize individual learning tracks.
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