The NGA and Common Core

By A.P. Dillon

The National Governors Association (NGA) met recently in Tennessee. They had a lot on their agenda. Noticeably missing: Common Core.

That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t talked about, in fact, it would seem the press actually asked about it.  Governors Fallin, Christie and Walker all had comments on it. I’ve captured those below:

“Common Core has become a divisive issue in our nation, with the concern that the federal government is trying to mandate standards down to states,” Ms. Fallin said Friday. “The governors are listening to their voters and their constituents back home who are concerned about the federal overreach into states, and each governor will do what’s in the best interest of their states.”Wall Street Journal, 7/11/14 (paywall)

Christie told the Associated Press that public skepticism about the standards can be traced to a general distrust of the federal government.

He said voters, “given the lack of confidence they have in government in Washington and that type of centralization, want their governors” to figure out solutions that work for their states.
NJ.com, Chris Christie Plans To Issue Executive Order On Common Core This Week

“My problem with Common Core is I don’t want people outside Wisconsin telling us what our standards should be,” Walker said.
-NJ.com, Chris Christie Plans To Issue Executive Order On Common Core This Week

Absent from the Common Core comment frenzy was North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory. Of note, Governor McCrory has just been named to the NGA executive committee.

Governor McCrory has managed to dodge making statements on Common Core directly for a while now, leaving that to his Common Core tied education adviser, Eric Guckian.  Has the Governor not figured out Guckian possibly has his own agenda and it is not to assist McCrory in being re-elected, but instead make a messy situation worse?  Maybe Governor McCrory has gotten an inkling, since in the last month, the Governor has made a very slight shift in his positioning. This appointment to the executive committee of one of the copyright holders of the Common Core will likely (hopefully) bring a spotlight to McCrory and the fight against the Common Core in North Carolina.

The counterpart to the NGA on Common Core is the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). North Carolina’s State Superintendent is the President-elect of the CCSSO. It would seem we have potential Common Core Bookends in North Carolina? Can we expect the same transparency from the NGA as the CCSSO has provided?  We’ll see.

By the way, Senate Bill 812, repealing and replacing Common Core in North Carolina, is headed to Governor McCrory’s desk.

One last quick reminder — Learn how to fight Common Core. Get your ticket for WE WILL NOT CONFORM! 

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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 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.