Following Tense Week, Arizona’s Douglas Prevails in Superintendent Race


After virtually a week of near tallies and uncertainty, Republican Diane Douglas has prevailed over Democratic rival David Garcia to turn out to be Arizona’s following Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Most Americans are calming down now that the mid-term elections have come and gone and are figuring out how to get down to company. Not in Arizona, nonetheless, where the winner of the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction took virtually a week to be determined.

The race was just also near to get in touch with. Republican Diane Douglas led over Democrat David Garcia by a 50% to 49% margin, and ballots remained to be counted until the weekend. KOLD-Television reported that Douglas manufactured it recognized that she would repeal the Common Core specifications if she will take workplace, so the stakes have been high.

“I feel in the parents directing the education of their kids. We need to have substantial requirements. Of program, there is no debate about that, but it’s a matter of who controls these specifications.”  

David Garcia had his own get on educating Arizona’s kids.

“My vision for our public colleges, is that as an alternative of focusing solely on multiple choice tests, we are going to measure things that matter, outcomes that make a big difference.”

Arizona renamed the Typical Core, following tweaking it, to the University and Job Ready Standards that were then adopted in 2010. The new standards veer away from multiple-option tests and more towards critical pondering capabilities, according to Fernanda Echavarri of Arizona Public Media.

Douglas was on her way to a win like so many other Republicans in the races for prime offices this election cycle. But she had remained minimal profile for the duration of the race although Garcia acquired help from enterprise groups and numerous effectively-acknowledged Republicans. Following midnight on the day of the election, Douglas said that she was “cautiously optimistic”, and was encouraged that Arizona voters had been behind her in her opposition to the Frequent Core. The Arizona Republic‘s Mary Beth Faller reviews that Stan Barnes, a Republican political advisor, commented that Douglas almost certainly benefited from the tilt towards Republicans by voters.

“I think she was the chief beneficiary of the rout that took spot yesterday and that the Frequent Core aspects of her campaign had been much less essential than the larger variables of angry voters, Republican turnout and general dislike of Democrats at the polling spot yesterday,” he stated Wednesday afternoon.

Douglas’ opponent in the Republican primary, incumbent John Huppenthal, had championed the Frequent Core in the course of his term, but posted anonymous site posts that called welfare recipients “lazy pigs” and other harsh remarks. Prior to her run for this office, Douglas, 58, was a member of the Peoria Unified College District governing board. Garcia, 44, is an associate professor of schooling at Arizona State University.

Some are asking if Douglas can eliminate the Arizona College and Profession Ready Requirements. The answer is that she cannot, because the superintendent implements policies that have been accredited by the State Board of Education. The superintendent is one particular of the board’s eleven members, but she would have just a single vote.

“Regardless of who is the superintendent, the fact remains that it is the State Board of Education’s role in what the state specifications are going to be,” stated Jonathan Butcher, schooling director at the Goldwater Institute, a proper wing group that advocates for restricted government. “It is not as even though any superintendent could basically flip a switch when they walk in and Widespread Core would disappear.”

Even now, as superintendent, Douglas will most likely influence legislators, who are capable to stage in to make the final judgement.

It is not clear what the new Republican Arizona governor, Doug Ducey, will do about the Common Core. In an interview with The Arizona Republic, he commented that whilst specifications are crucial:

“Ideally, this kind of requirements ought to come from the state itself and not be imposed prime-down from Washington.”

Chris Thomas, the Arizona College Boards Association’s director of legal and policy solutions and general counsel, stated that significantly funds and time had been invested in getting ready for the Frequent Core requirements. He believes it would be disruptive to stop the process in midstream.

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