The NGA and Common Core

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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.
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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 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

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! 

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.