Everyone wants high standards for our children. What Arizonans don’t want, is the federal government imposing their will on our education system. The Feds have consistently used money as a carrot to coerce states into doing their bidding.

On October 26, the Arizona Board of Education voted to reject Common Core Standards. This was more than a vote against Common Core; it was a message to Washington that Arizonans can effectively educate our own students. I know we can.

We rightly want a set of standards that reflect the educational values of our state. Since the Board’s rejection of these standards, it is paramount that we step up to contribute to the discussion of what our standards will look like moving forward. I hope that parents and educators throughout the state will contribute to a civil dialogue to shape our new standards.