Ducey appoints Common Core advocates to subcommittee on education

duceyGovernor-elect Doug Ducey announced on Thursday a controversial move on the education front that will be perceived by many as a slap at newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. Included in his new subcommittee on education is divisive former educator Lisa Graham Keegan.

Keegan, who endorsed Douglas’ democrat challenger in the general election is joined on the subcommittee by Matthew Ladner, and Erik Twist.

Ducey claimed in the announcement that he was looking “forward to working with the education professionals on this committee to identify the best policies to improve our schools, find the most talented people to assume key positions in my administration and ensure we are putting Arizona students, teachers and parents first.”

Keegan, a Common Core proponent, attacked Douglas during the election saying that she was “promoting a sort of a paranoia,” through her opposition to the federal standards. Keegan called Douglas’ efforts to kill the widely unpopular Common Core “destructive.”

Keegan served as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2001. Prior to her appointment as the state’s education chief, she was elected to Arizona’s House of Representatives, where she chaired the Education Committee.

Ladner, has worked closely with one of the staunchest Common Core advocates in the country, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, “Ladner received a 2011 Bunkum Award from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder for the research he has published while working as a senior policy and research advisor at Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit whose mission is to encourage Florida-style education reform in other states.”

Ladner previously served as Vice President of Research and Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. Ladner is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received both a Masters and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston. Ladner is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Educational Choice and the Goldwater Institute.

Before becoming Vice President at Great Hearts Academies overseeing all of their K-5 academies across the Valley, Erik Twist worked for BASIS Schools as the Assistant Principal of BASIS Scottsdale. He received his B.A. from Trinity University and his masters from Oxford University. Erik is a third generation Arizonan and he and his wife, Allison, have six sons and live in north Phoenix.

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  1. I am shocked. Didn’t Ducey run on a NO Common Core platform. She needs to go, Her past is not acceptable to parents. How do we get rid of this Lisa Graham Keegan, who apparently has had problems in the past. Do we want someone who is on pain killers and who overdosed on them. Perhaps this is the time to find someone else on the left, and not her. Looks like she is a Republican in name only…Not Republican values. Just look at her record…..

  2. Hey everyone,
    First off, Erik Twist is not a common core supporter. He is an anti-common core voice that has stood strong and that is why he is so important for the transition in my opinion. Ladner is in the middle on the issue and is still at the end of the day an educational reformer. So if you look at it you have one in the middle, one against and one for. We also have a new Governor that is anti-common core and a new State School Superintendent that is anti-common core. More people I’m sure will be added to these Transition teams and I’m sure we will see more people that are for and against. Our newly elected leadership is anti-common core so that means we will be getting rid of it. We need a new Governor that is going to bring everyone to the table to create something new instead of only one side. Common Core was only from one side and if Ducey wants to be a good Governor he will have to bring everyone to the table to get the job done to replace Common Core. Just my two cents as an anti-common core person. I think he is doing the right thing and he is not pro-common core. Let’s see him deliver a plan before we just attack in for a transition team.

  3. Voter and the d’s offer what? We are forced to try and find the lesser of the evil ones and can only guess what they mean in their political campaigns. And like all of them the winners conveniently FORGET what they said they stood for and what they were promising to do. Just look at bho, said he made a ‘promise’ 6+ years ago and now that he has his butt in his hands he is trying to reclaim what he never had. A LEGACY, he will have one just like his hero carter has. He is granting AMNESTY to all he can and the pol’s just are falling all over themselves to help him, mclame and mcflake included. They have yet to tell anyone what needs to be reformed yet they are going to reform the policies and this is also a promise they made 40 years ago and nothing was ever done.

    You find a good qualified to run against mclame and he will win, but 1st off you need to find one who is a politician and has not been bought and sold 30-40 times like the current incumbents and re-elected’s. Mcsilly is more of the same all talk and no action just like her sponsor mclame. Guess she is going to be like the toads daughter the designee when he decides he is sick and has to retire before the term is up?

  4. McDucey, McBrnovich, McReagan is what we got and the McSlime machinery is what did it. When do we learn that 7+ candidates usually mean the people are too split to put forth the GOOD candidate. Spoilers and big money ensured we got this dude and the brutal primary were where the money talked and the principles walked. We got three Dem lites in the most important offices of our doomed state. The deeper shade of purple clashes with the state colors. Thanks dumb ill informed voters you got what you voted for in the primaries and that is our downfall. God help us!

  5. Governor Elect,

    YOU sir are starting off on the wrong foot.

    We elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas for ONE PRIMARY PURPOSE:
    The removal of Obama’s Common Core!

    Do you fully comprehend that? We want absolute removal of federal control of education. Please remember federal department of education was created dozens of years ago “to improve graduation rates.” They have spent BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS MONEY to increase graduation rates by less than 2%? Do you want Washington DC controlling Arizona Education or our reachable boards of education?

    If you do not understand the LIES of the evolution of Common Core and the extreme hardship that it does to our children, our families and our society then please take time to carefully study its evils. There are not a few evils but many. Common Core is totally based on lies, brings strong immorality to our kids, denies Christianity and promotes knowledge of Islam, ask for home monitoring through technology, created huge databases for our children, pulls society away from “basic reading, writing and mathematics” and much worse. Even all of the original verification team quit in disgust of all the Obama led politics of the validation teams. I could go on on but suffice it to say STOP, RE-GROUP your interpretation of ARIZONA DOES NOT WANT COMMON CORE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FROM.

    Through tweets and retweets I generate OVER 1.25 MILLION per DAY! Please do not force me to use this resource to bring out the EVILS OF THE DUCEY ADMINISTRATION!

    Your choice of the 3 members of your education team are an atrocity for those of us who voted Diane and you into office.

    Thank you.

  6. Didn’t Lisa Graham Keegan overdose on some outdated pain killers? Seems I remember reading about that years ago when she was Superintendent of Public Destruction. Somebody should research that to verify it. Hope she’s got a newer presciption by now.

  7. Richard, you are always good for a laugh. Extreme right wing politics in AZ. This is what the democrats and RINO R’s want. Extreme right wing would be getting the fed’s out of our education business. PERIOD. Limited government—that’s considered extreme right wing. It’s a good thing you weren’t around when the founders created this country. We’d have Mexico.

  8. This is only the begging of extreme right wing politics in Arizona. Did anyone keep a copy of Dicey commercials on how he was going to serve southern Arizona? We need to play it over and over again for him .

    We will have a hate agenda , anti public education, anti minority and pro big business and special interest with the be governor elect. Our last one who ran on conservative cire values leaves us with a billion dollars in debt. One if the worst education programs in the country. Many many children who were victims of abuse due to poor leadership with the old DES system. I just wanted mention just a few things but I be a complete failure if I forget to point out the millions and millions spent on court challenges that for the mist part, the federal courts have strict down.

    Well to ppl who did not vote and estimates are over 2/3 didn’t vote, here what you get higher taxes, special interest, hate legislation, separation of working class the haves vs have nots.

  9. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” Let’s wait and see what the outcome is. This is exactly how John Wayne beat the Indians. Give them a new tobabcco pouch and whack them while they’re carving new peace pipes.

    It may be brilliant. The Lone Ranger never would have done it to Tonto)

    Yes Kimosabe!

  10. Its way too bad that political paybacks affect the future of our children. When the republicans and democrats both want to put our children into these neat little boxes and there is no escape then both sides have what they really want and that is total control of you from birth to death. Hell with the parents, hell with the child, they don’t know s&^t and we know best. How far have we fallen when we allow a large group to dictate our future when we as “adults” are too stupid to do any research on the data mining and how it will be used to educate our children from birth to death. They future will not be charted by the individual but by the government/corporations. You should be so proud….

  11. Well Sports Fans, say hello to your own Barak Hussein McDucey. You wanted him – you got him. You knew he is the McEstablishment pick, and you threw the conservative under the bus anyway. You knew he pal’d with the RINO destroyers, and you went with him anyway. You knew he stood for everything you’ve been fighting for years, and you picked him anyway. The sheeple bleated, and the sheeple’s kids and grandkids will pay – literally, with their non-futures.

    We’ll have to wait and see how many of the AZ legislators have the guts to over-ride him for the next four years. How many have the guts to support Diane Douglas against this McRINO bum?

    God bless America.

    • During the election Ducey dodged a straight answer on his position on Common Core. The voters spoke clearly inspite of the lack of Republican (establishment) support and clearly rejected common core.

      Ducey Clearly owes too many people for geting him elected. It’s all about the money and there is big money in common core curriculum.

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