Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
HB2184 has been amended in the Senate Education Committee, which had failed as (SB1038) yesterday in the Senate Appropriations committee. "Kelli Wards' committee voted for this, with the exception of Sen. Smith who understood not handing over power to the unelected board. The Amendment agreed to by Superintendent of Public Instruction, - who was elected by the people of this state will be required to execute whatever policies (i,e. Common Core) that are agreed to by the non-elected State Board of Education.
Those Elected Senators gave up all authority with this Amendment, to an unelected board to answer to the voters. Senator Kelli stated along with others agreeing that they'd now oversee any attempt to hire more staff by the board, give raises and monitor expenses of the board & staff which is presently the Responsibility of the Supt., until this Amendment is passed. The problem with this statement is quite clear, AZ is over 8 Billion in the hole facing another deficit, and also has over 20 Billion in Unfunded Mandates= over $ 28 Billion in Debt, this happened while being watched by our Elected Officials, so why would we trust they'll manage this well? These elected AZ officials are doing the same thing done in DC the last few Decades, handing over power / authority to an appointed agency with no real control, so sometime in the future they’ll tell us that they don't have the authority to stop them, as is the case with our Ineffective US Congress, when you look at the EPA, OSHA, Depts. of Ed, Ag, Energy etc., believe you get the picture. Since those now in office have decided to hand over Authority / Power to an Un Elected Group, who in this instance so obviously supports Common Core, I personally don’t support this, it’s an Issue of Freedom, and hope others won’t be swayed by being emotionally attached to these Senators, as you've worked, supported, donated and voted for them, this is about Freedom and not Personal Relationships.
(XX= What the Superintendent & GOP Senate Office Holders agreed to give away to a Governor/Emperor appointed Board, all but Sen. Smith he got it.
SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.B. 2184
(Reference to House engrossed bill
Page 1, after line 14 insert:
“Sec. 2. Section 15-202, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
15-202 (XX Meetings; majority required for validation; travel expenses; immunity
A. The state board of education shall hold four regular meetings annually at times it directs. Special meetings may be held on the call of the presiding officer.
B. Concurrence of a majority of all members of the board is necessary for validation of an act of the board.
C. Members shall be allowed travel expenses and reimbursement for subsistence, as provided by title 38, chapter 4, article 2, to be paid upon claims approved by (XX the Superintendent of Public Instruction DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION, as other claims against the state are paid, from the appropriation for the board authorized in the general appropriation bill.
D. Members of the board are immune from personal liability with respect to all acts done and actions taken in good faith within the scope of their authority during duly constituted regular and special meetings with approval of a majority of the board.
Sec. 3. Section 15-203, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
15-203. Powers and duties
A. The state board of education shall:
1. Exercise general supervision over and regulate the conduct of the public
school system and adopt any rules and policies it deems necessary to accomplish this purpose.
2. Keep a record of its proceedings.
3. Make rules for its own government.
4. Determine the policy and work undertaken by it.
(XX 5. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, employ staff on the recommendation of the superintendent of public instruction.
6. Prescribe AND SUPERVISE the duties of its employees if not OTHERWISE prescribed by statute.
Please call your Senator and urge them to VOTE NO on this last minute amendment that was passed in the name of saving money & for the children, GOP new code words in this matter for Unity in Surrendering to Our Newly Chosen Imperialist Governor Ducey.