As readers know, I’ve dedicated the last two years to raising the alarm about Common Core. There has been a dramatic sea change since I started reporting on the issue. When I began, Fox News barely gave it a few minutes’ notice. Now, the pedagogical controversy over Fed Ed is being covered wall-to-wall. It’s the target of late-night comedy jokes. Glenn Beck and Kyle Olson’s book on the issue is a top-ten bestseller at Amazon. And the nationwide revolt against the costly, control-usurping, privacy-undermining, rigor-sabotaging, top-down-test-imposing, crony-rewarding racket is in full swing.
This breakthrough into the mainstream is thanks to vigilant and tireless grass-roots parents, activists, and scholars at the vanguard of the Stop Common Core movement. Now, the battle is moving to the polls. As I reported last week, two Indiana state legislative candidates ousted pro-Common Core incumbents. Jason Hart reports that an Ohio state GOP legislative challenger also defeated a pro-Common Core incumbent.
In Arizona, the Republican state superintendent John Huppenthal is a zealous defender of Common Core. Earlier this week, he savaged opponents as “barbarians at the gate.” This ad hominem attack is straight from the playbook of other elitist Common Core peddlers (see Arne Duncan’s bigoted sneer at “white suburban moms”, Missouri state rep. Mike Lair’s swipe at “paranoid” parents, and Jeb Bush’s snit fit against critics.)
Smug Huppenthal is confident he’ll cruise to victory on the August 26th primary.
But parents in Arizona have a choice.
Mom and former school board member Diane Douglas is in the race to unseat arrogant Huppenthal and combat Common Core. She’s principled, clear-thinking, and bold.
“My vision is to put Arizona’s education back in the hands of Arizonans, she says. “We know what’s best for our children and we don’t need people from Washington telling us how to educate our children.”
She vows to:
Use every power of the office and all my energies to ensure the AZ Dept & our State Board of Education protect and defend our 10th Amendment right to direct and control the education of our children.
Work with our Republican legislators to protect our children, and their families, from the unconstitutional invasion of their privacy through massive federally mandated data collection.
Diane Douglas has valuable experience at the local educational level:
The Governing Board of the Peoria Unified School District from 2005-2012; board president 2008 & 2009.
The Site Councils of Desert Valley Elementary and Ironwood H.S. – PUSD.
Apostle’s Lutheran Church Board of Education – 2009 – 2013; Preschool Board 2012-February 2013.
But she says her most important job has been as full-time mother to her children:
While I have been blessed with various opportunities the single most important “job” I have held in my adult life was being a full time mother; anything I have ever done or achieved pales in comparison.
Winston Churchill stated:
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”
Douglas has called out Arizona Common Core promoters for their devious rebranding scheme and she lambasted Huppenthal’s attack on parents:
If this is how John Huppenthal views the citizens of Arizona, then he should seriously consider suspending his campaign and retiring at the end his current term of office.
“Thirty years in government has clearly distorted Mr. Huppenthal’s view of the voters. I have never seen such disdain for the public on the part of a career politician like Huppenthal,” stated Diane Douglas, Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Douglas continued, “We can have our differences out on the campaign trail but I have the highest respect for the parents of Arizona, who simply want what is best for their children. Mr. Huppenthal’s words showed a disturbing level of contempt for anyone who does not fall in line with his view of the world. He proved that he does not have the temperament to represent the people of this state.”
The GOP primary is August 26. Diane Douglas is an underdog in this race against the Common Core establishment and YOU have the power to help.
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All politics is local. The battle to reclaim power over our kids’ education begins and ends in our own backyards. Entrenched incumbency is the disease. Action at the ballot box is the cure. Support Diane Douglas.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal insulted concerned parents and other constituents when he bizarrely compared them to “barbarians” and vowed to fight them in his effort to preserve Obama’s federally imposed education scheme.
“I have put my career on the line to stave off the barbarians. I very likely could lose this election,” Huppenthal said. “I’m okay with that because I felt I did the right thing for this education system,” he added.
Huppenthal said Arizona cannot allow a repeat of what happened in Indiana, which pulled out of the association of states that adopted the standards. Seeing Red AZ covered the victory of Common Core opponents in Indiana who successfully ousted two establishment endorsed House incumbents. The duo lost in a landslide.
An untrustworthy Republicrat, John Huppenthal actually welcomed and toured the state with Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, bragging about his collusion in this media advisory.
In Arizona, Common Core standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010.
As objections to the unpopular federal overreach become stronger, Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer deceptively conspired in changing the name Common Core to “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” —- fooling no one.
The Indiana victories clearly show that the same can happen in Arizona’s upcoming August 26, primary. John Huppenthal, feeding at the public trough for over three decades, has an able challenger in Diane Douglas.
Time is short to collect signatures and qualifying $5 contributions. She needs help to win. Join her campaign.