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"Symposium" on new AZ school standards draws crowd

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Critics of Arizona's new school standards faced off against the state's top education official during a state Senate "symposium" that showed the new standards still face a tough challenge as they are implemented.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal told a crowd filling the Senate's largest meeting room Wednesday he believes they're right for Arizona students.

Three critics denounced the standards and a new test replacing AIMS.

The state Board of Education adopted the Common Core standards were adopted with little opposition in 2010.

But in the past year the standards have become a political hot potato as conservative critics attack them as a poorly conceived, federally driven effort that usurps states' rights. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer renamed the program last month in an effort to defuse the furor.

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