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Council on Common Core Review Provides Governor Unanimous Findings and Recommendations

July 30, 2015

Griffin says, ‘thankful and proud of the hard work and time expended by the Council’

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement after the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review cast a unanimous vote on their findings and recommendations:

“When the governor formed his Council on Common Core Review, he asked the Council to review and perform a thoughtful analysis of the standards and provide him with timely recommendations. Our priority was to listen, and we did. We relied heavily on public input, especially input received during our nine city listening tour which allowed us to hear from parents, educators and concerned Arkansans for a total of 18 hours. We also held over 40 hours of hearings in five days, which included 16 panels and 50 witnesses offering a wide range of perspectives.

As the father of two young children in the Little Rock Public School system, this assignment was not simply professional, it was personal. At the end of the day, it’s simple what the Council recommended: We terminate our relationship with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test and replace it with a test prepared by American College Testing (ACT), which the governor and the State Board of Education have done; and, where the standards could be better, we recommended they be made better. I am thankful and proud of the hard work and time expended by the Council.”

The Council’s findings and recommendations to the governor can be found here

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

 

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