Arizona First in Nation to Pass Civics Education Initiative

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Large, Bipartisan Majorities Show Support for the First Step in a Rebirth of Civics Education

Phoenix, Arizona – With large, bipartisan majorities in the State Legislature, Arizona today became the first state to pass the Civics Education Initiative.  The Civics Education Initiative requires high school students, as a condition of graduation, to take and pass the USCIS Citizenship Civics Test – the test all new immigrants must pass before becoming citizens.

“Proud day for Arizonans as we become first in the nation, and lead the way to the bipartisan passage of the Civics Education Initiative in every state,” said Frank Riggs, President and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute, the organization promoting the legislation.

Beyond Arizona, eighteen other states are currently considering this critical legislation. North Dakota and Utah appear to be next in line, with legislators and supporters in those states eager to follow Arizona’s lead, with the North Dakota House of Representatives also passing the bill today by an astounding 85-1 margin.

The leadership of the Joe Foss Institute and the Civics Education Initiative would like to extend special thanks to Governor Ducey, prime sponsor Majority Leader Steve Montenegro (R-13), House Government and Education Committee Chairman Bob Thorpe (R-6) and the members of his committee, and Minority Leader Dr. Eric Meyer (D-28).

In the Senate, special thanks go out to Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough (R-17), Senate Education Committee Chairman Kelli Ward (R-5) and the members of her committee, Senator Barbara McGuire (D-8), and Senator Carlyle Begay (D-7).

“It’s a New Year, and a new day for students here in Arizona and across the country who will now have the basic tools they need to become active, engaged citizens,” concluded Riggs.

The bill passed the Arizona House by a vote of 42-17. In the Senate the results were similarly positive, with 19 for and only 10 voting against.

WATCH: A Video Message from The Joe Foss Institute to Governor Ducey 

“Recall Douglas” Leader Exposed As Bad Leader…. And Poor Speller

Espy(screenshot: DianeDouglas.com)

  • Anthony Espinoza is the founder and leader of the RECALL DOUGLAS campaign
  • Misspelled his name on Recall Douglas PAC’s forms
  • Teaches at MC Cash Elementary School as their ‘Technology Teacher’
  • Is a Democrat Party Precinct Committeeman and Liberal Activist
  • Graduated from ‘Arizona Stare University’ (see screenshot above)
  • Allegedly fired from the Murphy School District for ‘abandoning teaching post’

Unlike Arizona Republic’s EJ Montoni, Arizona Liberal Watch has “done their homework” on the man behind the ‘RECALL DOUGLAS’ campaign.

Get your bag of popcorn ready and then click here to read the entire piece.

 

 

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David Garcia’s Obama Connection

This election cycle, every Republican is trying to link every Democrat to President Obama.

In David Garcia’s case, he made the link for himself. Yesterday, Friday, Oct 24, Garcia sent out the following tweet.

David Garcia is supported by Obama

The tweet links to this piece by Trevor Gervais, a former student in the Peoria School District. Innocent sounding enough. That is until someone posted this on Twitter and linked to this article.

Trevor Gervais Obama activist David Garcia

Turns out Gervais was a regional field director for the Obama campaign and even worked in the White House for a while.

David Garcia has struggled to cut through the barrage of campaign ads and message this year. He has wasted lots of time talking about how smart and educated his is and lots of time criticizing the Republican nominee. Finally, he turned to an Obama operative to bail him out.

Trevor should have disclosed his vast political involvement in his letter attacking Douglas. But he didn’t and Garcia was only too willing to link to his bias letter to the editor.

For the real record of Diane Douglas’ record of leadership on the Peoria School Board, read this letter in the Peoria Times.

Credit to DernDawn (@noprezzie2012 on Twitter) for discovering Garcia’s Obama connection.

 

Andy Tobin: The Kirkpatrick Plan: Gut Our Schools

Andy Tobin

While Andy Tobin Was Joining With Democrats and Republicans to Protect Our Schools, Kirkpatrick Was Playing Partisan Politics

Andy Tobin today criticized Ann Kirkpatrick for failing to support a bipartisan solution he helped pass to protect our schools in Arizona and balance the budget, pointing out that under her plan, cuts to our schools would have skyrocketed.

Tobin was chief sponsor of Proposition 100, a bipartisan measure passed with 65 percent of the vote in 2010. The proposal, which Tobin sent to the ballot, was supported by a broad, bipartisan coalition including the education and business communities to protect funding for schools, public safety and health and human services.

However, Ann Kirkpatrick took a partisan approach and opposed the measure, offering no solutions to protect school funding during Arizona’s recession and budget crisis. In fact, even the Democrat who replaced Kirkpatrick in the state Legislature after she resigned to run for Congress, State Rep. Tom Chabin, voted with Tobin for this bipartisan, common-sense approach.

“I welcome a discussion about education and schools in this campaign,” Tobin said. “This race provides a clear contrast. As a father of five children who attended public schools, I’m proud to have helped lead bipartisan efforts to protect school funding, keep Arizona tuition low, provide additional dollars to our universities and community colleges, all while balancing our budget. I know Ann Kirkpatrick and her friends in Washington can print money, but in our state we have to act responsibly. When Arizona needed her, Kirkpatrick opposed our bipartisan plan to protect education funding and balance our budget.”

Take The Quiz! Who Said It?

Who Said It!

It’s time to have a little fun and see if our readers can tell the difference between Fred DuVal and Scott Smith. We’ve pulled a number of quotes from or about each candidate on issues important to Arizonans. We’ll post the issue followed by the quote and then let the readers guess who said it. (And no using Google search to cheat!)

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

A. “…we cannot continue with a broken system that keeps millions of people living in the shadows of our communities.”

B. “he supports driver’s licenses for young immigrants awarded work permits under a new Obama administration program. He also praised the U.S. Senate’s Gang of Eight for working on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

DREAMERS

A. “My first action as governor will be to rescind Gov Brewer’s Executive Order against driver’s licenses for Dreamers.”

B. “The federal government’s half-steps on immigration are not doing us any favors, taking us further from the goal. These side discussions, such as the driver’s licenses discussion, are a distraction. The end game is a fair and just immigration process that includes allowing our DREAMERS to become legal.”

SB 1070

A. On Gov. Brewer “I think she got 1070 wrong…

B. “It’s not exactly the law I would have written.”

COMMON CORE

A. “I believe (Arizona’s) College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core) accomplish these objectives, and I support their implementation.”

B. “I fully support Common Core and applaud Governor Brewer’s efforts to ensure the implementation of these vital standards despite opposition from some members of her party.”

C. “And what we have proposed here, whether you call it common core or ready achievement or whatever, I don’t care the label you put on it, we have to do it. …”

D. “Rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all, Washington, D.C. approach to education, Common Core is a perfect example of how states can lead the way on improving education.”

OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION

A. “It would be a terrible mistake not to expand Medicaid on federal dollars.”

B. “I supported the governors Medicaid restoration because she did what was best for Arizona.”

TAXES / BUDGET

A. “After the massive cuts to K-12 schools, defunding all-day kindergarten, and ending the once-cent sales tax that funds our children’s schools, the last thing the folks at the Capitol should do is to set another tripwire on our children’s road to opportunity.”

B. “Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a state legislator cutting spending without raising taxes.”

ENVIRONMENT

A. “It’s the Senate’s turn to pass energy-climate legislation.”

B. “I welcome the opportunity to join with 1,000 of my peers in this truly bipartisan effort to improve not only the environment, but our communities and our nation.”

POLITICAL LEANINGS:

A. “…a self-described moderate, said serving in the House would be a “wonderful opportunity to reach across the divide.”

B. “He will allow himself to be called a progressive, but takes pains to note the lowercase ‘p’…”

 

Feel free to post your answers in the comments!

Conservative Leaders Support Diane Douglas


Diane Douglas

Diane Douglas, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, released an endorsement list containing some of the most conservative members of the legislature. Her endorsements also includes former legislators who served with and know John Huppenthal. This is significant because they worked with Huppenthal and yet they are endorsing Douglas.

The most recent poll for the superintendent’s race showed Douglas ahead by 11 points right before early voting. Voters do not seem to be buying Huppenthal’s baseless attacks. Douglas is also doing an effective job of responding with her spirited radio ads.

Here is the list of conservative leaders who have endorsed Douglas for Superintendent.

Senators

Judy Burges (LD 22)
David Farnsworth (LD 16)
Rick Murphy (LD 21)
Frank Antenori (LD 30, former)
Jack Harper (LD 4, former)
Lori Klein (LD6, former)
Thayer Verschoor (LD22, former)

Representatives

Adam Kwasman (LD 11)
Darin Mitchell (LD 13)
Carl Seel (LD 20)

 

Hear John Huppenthal and Diane Douglas Debate Arizona Education

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On August 5, John Huppenthal (incumbent) debated challenger Diane Douglas for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona Department of Education.

It was a lively debate, with both candidates touting their record of support for local control of education and their opposition to federal control and meddling. Each challenged his/her opponent’s actual commitment to these principles.

Common Core, College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Race to the Top, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) Testing, school choicecost controls, ethnic studies, and student data gathering were among the topics debated.

Full video at this link.

Toby Farmer Promises to Donate Legislative Salary to Teachers

Toby Farmer Teachers

Today, Buckeye small business owner and Republican candidate for Senate District 13 Toby Farmer promised to donate the proceeds of his entire legislative salary to teachers during his first term if he is elected in the November 2014 election.

Farmer, who has long stated that he is running for office because he believes in public service, has also been a strong proponent of business owners giving back to the community.

“As the son of two public school teachers, I know what these teachers go through,” said Farmer. “They’re underpaid, underappreciated, and it seems like they are receiving less support from the legislature every year.”

“We’ve got teachers spending money out of their own pockets on school supplies,” said Farmer. “The fact that the state is even considering a pay raise for legislators while teachers struggle is unconscionable.”

Farmer announced that he would donate the entire proceeds of his yearly salary to teachers in his district in both Yuma and Maricopa counties every year of his first two-year term if elected by voters this November. Arizona legislators are paid $24,000 per year.

While the exact process has not been determined yet, Farmer noted that the nomination process would require community, student, and parent involvement from constituents in the district.

“We have all been impacted by teachers in our lives and I know looking back, I wish I could say “thank you” to all of them,” said Farmer. “I want to be a conservative and compassionate voice for the education community at the legislature. This is one small way I can show my commitment to the real heroes in our community.”

Diane Douglas responds to false attacks

In a desperate bid to cling to power, John Huppenthal is now just making stuff up about his primary opponent Diane Douglas. Diane has been, is and always will be opposed to Common Core. Huppenthal is falsely claiming she supported Common Core. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is not the first time Huppenthal has struggled with telling the truth. Hopefully it will be the last time he does so as an elected official.

Diane Douglas
Here is Douglas’ statement from yesterday.

“My primary challenger recently sent out a mailer that is a complete fabrication. His claims about my positions on the issues are completely false!

I cannot stop Mr. Huppenthal from lying about his record but I will not allow him to distort my record.

  • I have never supported Common Core and I never voted for it when I served on the Peoria School Board.
  • I have never supported, endorsed, or donated to any Democrat candidate.
  • I have always been an outspoken and ardent support of parents’ right to choose the best education for their children including district, charter, private, and home schooling. Parents must be actively involved in deciding what is best for their children.

Mr. Huppenthal has been in government for 30 years. He may feel it is acceptable to lie and distort the truth but I do not. I am asking for your vote so I can restore honesty and decency back to the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

 

Scott Smith – Only Gubernatorial Candidate Who Supports Common Core

Of all the GOP candidates seeking the highly coveted governor’s seat, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith doesn’t try very hard to hide is support for Common Core. Oh, sure, he’s fallen in line with the establishment’s politically correct makeover of Common Core’s name change. But he is on the record as being that one GOP candidate furthest on the left on Common Core and education in general. And he’s in good company and much aligned with those Republican legislators now in trouble for abandoning the Republican majority to support big government, democrat-supported policy shifts.

So why would a candidate who wants to win the GOP primary run furthest on the left from the rest of the pack? Maybe he’s received bad political advice. Or possibly Smith is so accustomed to running as an establishment candidate. Or perhaps he’s never run in an actual GOP statewide primary that requires firing up the base unlike a city election. One can only guess.

But the obvious observation is that Scott Smith is the more liberal candidate on education issues who is seeking the Republican nomination. And this stands out in his support for Common Core.

Here’s an excerpt from an answer he gave back in March at a Mohave County candidate forum when asked about his position on Common Core:

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One blatant revelation is Smith’s condemnation of Arizona’s performance in education. For someone running to replace a Republican Governor with a state education system headed by another Republican, this is simply bad form to indirectly blame Republican executive leadership.

But is what Smith says about Arizona’s education system even true? Is Arizona really at the bottom of the list on all education measurements? The answer is it depends on what you’re measuring, when you’re measuring and who you’re measuring. Anyone can jump on the National Center for Education Statistics website, plug in the variables and see where Arizona ranks. It’s not impressive but then again, it’s not dismal as Smith suggests. Arizona has made tremendous strides when it comes to education reform in the charter and school choice movement – and its helping to our rankings but more important, it’s helping our children.

But Arizona does have a problem as we’ve pointed out before. We’re paying a ton of money into the system and not getting a good return on our investment. For example, Arizona roughly spends $8,900 per pupil (2013 ADE financial reports). With average classroom size set at 25, $222,500 should be designated per classroom (in the most direct sense). We know that there are other costs but even considering non-classroom related costs, we’re talking about a lot of money that should be going to the classroom that simply is not. That needs to be fixed and Republicans have been working on that for years despite voracious attacks by teacher unions every single session.

Common Core will make matters worse – a lot worse. With a federally driven, top-down approach to educating students, one can imagine what another federal program will do to waste money, time and the lives of our precious children. Scott Smith wants Common Core and he wants the same old big-government approach to educating our children. AIMS was a disaster. No Child Left Behind was a mistake and now Common Core is trying to dig deeper into Arizona’s education system. If Scott Smith gets elected, it will be business as usual and the education establishment wants it and expects it. The next governor of Arizona needs to push back against the Obama’s Department of Education and reject Common Core. Scott Smith won’t do that and its the reason we want you to reject Scott Smith for governor.

Our question is, if all the national conservative organizations (listed below) oppose Common Core, why would any Republican candidate running for Governor in Arizona support it?

Heritage Foundation

CATO Institute

Heartland Institute

Goldwater Institute

Family Research Council

American Enterprise Institute

Americans for Prosperity

Concerned Women for America

RNC-GOP Resolution regarding Common Core