Little Johnny can eat some comfort food to recover from the trauma of taking the AZMerit thanks to Arizona Senator Debbie Lesko.
On Wednesday, as Lesko was voting against HB2246, which would have permitted parents to opt-out of untested AZMerit test, former ice cream salesman turned Govenor doug Ducey was signing her legislation requiring the state Department of Education to let groups raising money for schools sell “foods of minimal nutritional value.” The legislation takes effect this summer.
The cupcake bill was largely symbolic, due to the fact that Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, announced that the Arizona Department of Education would grant waivers to schools that wanted to raise money by selling cupcakes and cookies.
Due to Ducey’s draconian cuts to education more schools will be scrambling for revenue.
While the opt out bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Ackerly, was popular with Common Core opponents and teachers unions, it failed to pass on Tuesday and was brought back to life on Wednesday only to die again in the Senate after Democrats switched their votes to oppose it.
Douglas tried to hand over complete control of the State Board of Education (SBE) when she asked lawmakers to shift SBE staff from under the control of ADE to the Governor’s office. HB2184 would have created a separate agency with its own funding.
The bill died earlier this session but was brought back on Wednesday at the request of Rep. Livingston. The motion passed by a voice vote. It finally died today.