By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has again delayed debate on a proposal to ditch the state’s new Common Core school standards and strip the state Board of Education’s power to adopt new standards.

Tuesday’s postponement is the second in as many days and an indication the vote count is close.

A proposal to eliminate Common Core failed in the Senate two weeks ago.

House Bill 2190 by Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley would drop the standards adopted by more than 40 states. They have become a political issue across the country as opponents criticize them as driven by the federal government.

Proponents say they are state-created and designed to increase standards so high school graduates are prepared for college.

A similar effort failed in the Legislature last year.

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