The NC Common Core Rebrand Attempt

By A.P. Dillon

The repeal of Common Core from the North Carolina state statutes and the formation of a standards replacement commission as set out by Senate Bill 812 brought hope to the citizens who had been fighting Common Core.  That hope was not without skepticism of a possible rebrand attempt, which has turned out to be justified by the comments made recently by North Carolina’s State Superintendent and Governor.

“In keeping with our NC Constitution, The State Board of Education will have the ultimate decision as to whether the standards are changed.” – Dr. June Atkinson On NCSPIN 8/19/14

“The title of the bill of Common Core says we’re eliminating Common Core. If you read the bill, it doesn’t eliminate Common Core. It reviews Common Core and only the State Board of Education – with Bill Cobey as its chairman – can change Common Core.” – Governor Pat McCrory, NCSPIN 8/24/14

Both Atkinson and McCrory have pushed the same narrative – that only the North Carolina State Board of Education was going to decide whether or not to change the Common Core Standards.  Atkinson and McCrory intend to use the NC State Board of Education to pull a rebrand in North Carolina.

Shorter: To Hell with the ‘Will of the People’ in North Carolina and to Hell with the standards replacement Commission. Atkinson and McCrory, who have no children in school,  know what is best for your children, North Carolinians. Heed your betters. Sit down. Shut up.

By the way, the replacement Commission still has not been named or finalized, yet SB 812 requires they hold their first meeting by September 1st.  That’s no big deal, the law apparently means nothing — according to Lefty outlet Policy Watch, NC Board of Education Chairman Cobey will hold the meeting within 30 days of the naming of the appointees. Policy Watch also had this nugget from Eric Guckian, the Democrat and Teach for America Common Core pushing Education adviser to McCrory:

Gov. Pat McCrory’s education advisor, Eric Guckian, told N.C. Policy Watch on Monday, “we are in final stages of making our appointment, and it’s my understanding that the state board and legislature is on same timeline.  My understanding is that the first meeting may be pushed back a few weeks, but that is unconfirmed at this time.” 

Final stages for the Governor’s one appointment? Is Guckian trying to imply it won’t be him as the Governor’s appointee? I chuckled. If it’s not Guckian, you can probably bet the appointee will either be someone tied to the Chamber of Commerce, Teach for America or a true believer educator/superintendent.  Whoever they are, it seems they are there for show since the Governor and State Superintendent have made it clear they believe that the standards replacement Commission is a dog and pony show.

We’ll see how Operation Rebrand plays out for them. 2016 is not so far away.

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 recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. 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.