Pro-Common Core official John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, has been defeated by Diane Douglas. According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, Douglas won 57.61% of the votes, which is over 64,000 more than Huppenthal gained.
According to EAG News, Huppenthal is not the first state school chief to suffer a serious loss over the backing of the Common Core State Standard – he is, in fact, the third.
Via EAG News:
Indiana’s Tony Bennett was first losing his general election race to Glenda Ritz. In Oklahoma incumbent school chief Janet Barressi came in third, completely trounced by Joy Hofmeister who won her primary on an anti-Common Core message.
Several months ago, the Arizona Capitol Times reported:
Huppenthal said Arizona cannot allow a repeat in Arizona of what happened in Indiana, which pulled out of the association of 45 states that adopted the standards. The U.S. Department of Education has warned the state it is at risk of losing waivers from No Child Left Behind, which effectively means fewer federal dollars.
“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.”
Huppenthal has previously compared those who are anti-Common Core to “barbarians at the gate.” Well, it seems the barbarians have, indeed, gotten well past the gate.
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As EAG News noted, “Barbarians 3, Educrats 0.”