NC Common Core Update

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NC Common Core Update

By A.P. Dil­lon

South Car­olina has dumped the Com­mon Core. So has Okla­homa and Mis­souri is on its way. While I’ve been busy fol­low­ing other states, I am right in the mid­dle of what is hap­pen­ing in my own state of North Car­olina. Here are some updates.

Over the last month, North Carolina’s Com­mon Core replace­ment bills have made great progress. There are two bills: SB 812 and HB 1061. The lan­guage is a bit dif­fer­ent in each bill, how­ever the crit­i­cal points of estab­lish­ing a Com­mis­sion to replace the Com­mon Core with true high stan­dards and the removal of the brand name of Com­mon Core from North Carolina’s state statutes exist in both bills.

Both ver­sions passed their respec­tive houses. When the Sen­ate ver­sion hit the House Edu­ca­tion com­mit­tee, a PCS was added which replaced the lan­guage of SB 812 with that of HB 1061.The fight is near­ing the final hur­dle, as these two bills are now in the hands of a con­fer­ence com­mit­tee that is tasked with ham­mer­ing out the lan­guage between the two. My sources tell me that an agree­ment will come to pass on the lan­guage and that the final bill will be passed and sent to Gov­er­nor McCrory dur­ing the cur­rent ses­sion. Let’s hope this really hap­pens, because the Com­mis­sion to replace the stan­dards needs to be put into place as soon as possible.

The leg­is­la­ture is one hur­dle. Our Gov­er­nor is another.

Now, over the last year our Gov­er­nor has been lis­ten­ing to his Edu­ca­tion aide, Eric Guck­ian. Mr. Guck­ian is a Com­mon Core true believer and has made very strong state­ments about the Com­mon Core on behalf of the Gov­er­nor in a few instances. I dug into Mr. Guck­ian and another Edu­ca­tion aide of our Gov­er­nor and found out some inter­est­ing bits about them. Both have heavy ties to sup­port­ers of Com­mon Core, groups who fund it and groups who receive fund­ing for it. Shocker, right? Also, why is Mr. Guck­ian attempt­ing to hide his voter reg­is­tra­tion?

Just this week, our Gov­er­nor seems to be back-​peddling a bit. I wrote about this pos­si­ble rever­sal yes­ter­day on my own blog:

Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters yes­ter­day that he favors high aca­d­e­mic stan­dards, but doesn’t care about the Com­mon Core brand.

What we’ve got to talk about is high stan­dards, espe­cially in math and read­ing,” said McCrory fol­low­ing an event that awarded fed­eral bonus dol­lars to teach­ers who develop new class­room mate­ri­als for a statewide database.”If you ask most North Car­olini­ans if they want high math and read­ing stan­dards, they’re gonna be for it. I don’t care what you call it…I could care less about the brand name.” – Pol­icy Watch 7÷2÷14

So are we to believe the Gov­er­nor is see­ing the light or is he just in favor of a re-​brand? I think he should expand on this com­ment and clarify.

My ques­tion stands to the Gov­er­nor. I invite him to clar­ify these remarks.

Is he advo­cat­ing a re-​branding or is he back­ing the return of state sov­er­eignty over edu­ca­tion in North Carolina?

Does the Gov­er­nor really back a com­mis­sion to be formed to bring true edu­ca­tion and real high stan­dards to North Carolina’s kids or is he just hop­ing none of the par­ents have fig­ured out our Depart­ment of Instruc­tion is already in the process of re-​branding?

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

South Carolina has dumped the Common Core. So has Oklahoma and Missouri is on its way. While I’ve been busy following other states, I am right in the middle of what is happening in my own state of North Carolina. Here are some updates.

Over the last month, North Carolina’s Common Core replacement bills have made great progress. There are two bills: SB 812 and HB 1061. The language is a bit different in each bill, however the critical points of establishing a Commission to replace the Common Core with true high standards and the removal of the brand name of Common Core from North Carolina’s state statutes exist in both bills.

Both versions passed their respective houses. When the Senate version hit the House Education committee, a PCS was added which replaced the language of SB 812 with that of HB 1061.The fight is nearing the final hurdle, as these two bills are now in the hands of a conference committee that is tasked with hammering out the language between the two.  My sources tell me that an agreement will come to pass on the language and that the final bill will be passed and sent to Governor McCrory during the current session.  Let’s hope this really happens, because the Commission to replace the standards needs to be put into place as soon as possible.

The legislature is one hurdle. Our Governor is another.

Now, over the last year our Governor has been listening to his Education aide, Eric Guckian. Mr. Guckian is a Common Core true believer and has made very strong statements about the Common Core on behalf of the Governor in a few instances. I dug into Mr. Guckian and another Education aide of our Governor and found out some interesting bits about them. Both have heavy ties to supporters of Common Core, groups who fund it and groups who receive funding for it.  Shocker, right? Also, why is Mr. Guckian attempting to hide his voter registration?

Just this week, our Governor seems to be back-peddling a bit. I wrote about this possible reversal yesterday on my own blog:

Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters yesterday that he favors high academic standards, but doesn’t care about the Common Core brand.

“What we’ve got to talk about is high standards, especially in math and reading,” said McCrory following an event that awarded federal bonus dollars to teachers who develop new classroom materials for a statewide database.”If you ask most North Carolinians if they want high math and reading standards, they’re gonna be for it. I don’t care what you call it…I could care less about the brand name.” – Policy Watch 7/2/14

So are we to believe the Governor is seeing the light or is he just in favor of a re-brand? I think he should expand on this comment and clarify.

My question stands to the Governor. I invite him to clarify these remarks.

Is he advocating a re-branding or is he backing the return of state sovereignty over education in North Carolina?

Does the Governor really back a commission to be formed to bring true education and real high standards to North Carolina’s kids or is he just hoping none of the parents have figured out our Department of Instruction is already in the process of re-branding?

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.