SMH. AZ Rs are happy to accept bribes to do the fedgov's bidding. I can't wait until this whole filthy system comes crashing down and its massive and failed bureaucracies like the Dept. of (mis)Education are a thing of the past.

A few key Republican senators joined with Democrats on Wednesday to defeat a bill that would have prohibited Arizona from using a set of educational standards known nationally as Common Core.

The Arizona Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 1310, sponsored by Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, after giving it initial approval Tuesday.

Five Republicans broke rank with their party and helped Democrats defeat the bill: Sens. John McComish of Ahwatukee, Adam Driggs of Phoenix, Steve Pierce of Prescott, Michele Reagan of Scottsdale and Bob Worsley of Mesa. The Senate killed the bill with an 18-12 vote.

The measure would have prohibited the state from using a set of new educational standards accepted by most of the nation, and which Arizona adopted in 2010 without opposition. Melvin and others have said the standards are a poorly conceived federal effort to usurp states’ rights.
Gov. Jan Brewer has supported Common Core and renamed the standards the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
Supporters of Common Core standards said eliminating the program would cost Arizona millions in federal funding and would make the state less economically competitive. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce opposed the repeal effort.
Additionally, the Arizona Department of Education receives about $1 billion annually in federal funds for Common Core implementation. Potentially, all of that funding would have been at risk if Arizona moved away from the standards, according to the department.