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6/16/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter of thanks: The candidate who listened

I would like to thank the Republican Forum for hosting several candidates at Golden Corral on Wednesday of this week. Specifically, Mr. John Huppenthal, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Arizona.

Being an educator for 36 years, I was particularly interested in what he had to say about the new PARCC standards adopted by our state. Mr. Huppenthal took at least 10 minutes of his valuable time to listen to my concerns about the mandatory standards. I walked out of the meeting feeling validated and respected, which has not happened in many years.

Thanks again, Mr. Huppenthal, for allowing me to express my concerns and possible solutions to problems in math education.

Dorothy Buckelew

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
Article comment by: catniss catniss

Have you seen the latest on Mr Huppenthal? I suppose he's still a wonderful guy, right?

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Yes, Huppenthal is terrific. Thanks for reporting your own personal story with him.

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

PARCC was a proposed assessment instrument for Common Core, or the Arizona Standards. It is not being used. The State Board of Education is attempting to procure a new assessment instrument. These standards are NOT a curriculum, and they are NOT mandated by the Federal Government. Curriculum are still selected by local school boards. Teachers are being trained on helping students meet the objectives of the new standards.

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