The NC Common Core Rebrand Attempt

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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.

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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 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 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 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.