- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A state senator opposed to Common Core says one of Gov. Doug Ducey’s appointees who worked on the school standards won’t get an immediate confirmation hearing and the rest of his first year on the state Board of Education will serve as a “test drive.”

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter helped craft Arizona’s version of Common Core, and Sen. Kelli Ward said she’s using her chairmanship to stall confirmation of his appointment as a way to fight those teaching standards, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.

“So, I’d love to see how he performs over the next eight months, to be able to prove to people out in the community that he’s willing to do work to make Arizona standards higher, not just to be a fighter to preserve Common Core,” said Ward, R-Lake Havasu City.

The Senate on Monday defeated a Ward-backed bill that would have prohibited the use of Common Core standards in Arizona.

The Board of Education adopted the standards for language arts and math in 2010, and they’re now fully implemented in Arizona schools. But they have become heavily politicized in recent years, with opponents criticizing them as driven by the federal government. Proponents say they are state-created and ensure students are prepared for college and careers.

Rep. Karen Fann, a Prescott Republican whose district is centered on Yavapai County, said Carter “would be wonderful for the Board of Education” and that she he was “amazed and appalled” by Ward’s move, the Daily Courier in Prescott reported.

Carter can serve on the state board without Senate confirmation but only for one year following his appointment.

Carter’s nomination was scheduled for consideration by Ward’s committee Tuesday before she pulled it from the agenda. The committee considered three other Ducey appointments to the board and unanimously recommended that the full Senate confirm those appointments.

“We are working closely with Sen. Ward, and the governor looks forward to working with the new board to replace Common Core,” Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said.

Ducey has said the bill that the Senate defeated Monday wasn’t necessary, and he has directed the board to review the standards and revise them as necessary.

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