NC’s Common Core Commission

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NC's Common Core Commission

By A.P. Dil­lon

Last week, I have an update on the sta­tus of replac­ing Com­mon Core in North Car­olina. To recap, from the looks of it, North Carolina’s Gov­er­nor and State Super­in­ten­dent are count­ing on the State Board of Edu­ca­tion to shrug off the Aca­d­e­mic Stan­dards Review Commission’s (ASRC) work and go with a rebrand. I’d like to hope I’m wrong in that assess­ment, but that seems to be what they’re saying.

Going a step fur­ther, NC’s DPI is unhappy about not hav­ing a seat at the table for the stan­dards review. The NC Super­in­ten­dent has decided she’s going to hold her own com­mis­sion. We see the same thing hap­pen­ing in Mis­souri.

Power Play
State Boards of Edu­ca­tion wield a lot of power, which is why watch­dog­ging the ASRC will be para­mount for North Car­olina cit­i­zens. Mary Grabar has picked up on the theme of State Boards of Edu­ca­tion being used as tools to keep Com­mon Core in place:

Go to one state school board meet­ing and you will see and hear how much board mem­bers toe the line from the fed­eral Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, as they grasp for fed­eral funds. I found this out by attend­ing a meet­ing in Geor­gia in Novem­ber where I heard a long-​winded sales pitch for the Geor­gia Fam­ily Engage­ment Con­fer­ence, an activ­ity pur­suant to the “Parental Engage­ment” sec­tion of the fed­eral Title I of the Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Act, where only pro-​Common Core speak­ers were allowed. In con­trast, five cit­i­zens were allowed three min­utes apiece to make their case against Com­mon Core at the state school board meeting.

As if “parental engage­ment” weren’t Orwellian enough, the upcom­ing annual meet­ing of the National State Boards of Edu­ca­tion (NASBE), “a non-​profit asso­ci­a­tion that rep­re­sents state and ter­ri­to­r­ial boards of edu­ca­tion,” has as its theme, “Lead­ers Learn­ing from Lead­ers.” The agenda is full of Com­mon Core buzz­words, like “career readi­ness,” “dig­i­tal learn­ing,” and “teacher evaluation.”

Indeed.
Terms like “career readi­ness,” “dig­i­tal learn­ing,” and “teacher eval­u­a­tion” seem to be drip­ping from the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Instruc­tion (DPI) and the McCrory admin­is­tra­tion in North Carolina.

It’s Not Over
The fight is not over. Not by a long shot. North Carolina’s Lt. Gov­er­nor Dan For­est has been fight­ing Com­mon Core from the start. In a recent Fay Observer op-​ed, he’s restated his oppo­si­tion and has called for cit­i­zens to get involved and to keep tabs on the ASRCAND the State Board of Edu­ca­tion.

It is impor­tant to know that every North Car­olina res­i­dent is rep­re­sented by six mem­bers of the State Board of Edu­ca­tion (two elected offi­cials, three at-​large mem­bers and one dis­trict representative).

The mem­bers of the state school board are William Cobey, chair­man and mem­ber at large; A.L. Collins, vice chair­man, from the 5th Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Dan For­est, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor; Janet Cow­ell, state trea­surer; Rebecca Tay­lor, 1st Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Regi­nald Kenan, 2nd Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Kevin How­ell, 3rd Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Dr. Olivia Holmes Oxen­dine, 4th Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; John Tate, 6th Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Gre­gory Alcorn, 7th Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Wayne McDe­vitt, 8th Edu­ca­tion Dis­trict; Mar­cella Sav­age, mem­ber at large; Patri­cia Willoughby, mem­ber at large; and Dr. June Atkin­son, state super­in­ten­dent of pub­lic instruc­tion, chief admin­is­tra­tive offi­cer and secretary.

All meet­ings of the Aca­d­e­mic Stan­dards and Review Com­mis­sion are required by law to be pub­lic. Like­wise, meet­ings of the State Board of Edu­ca­tion are also open to the public.

I encour­age those of you opposed to Com­mon Core to com­mu­ni­cate with the mem­bers of the review com­mis­sion and the State Board of Edu­ca­tion through email, phone calls or mail, or face-​to-​face. Express to them your desire that they exer­cise the author­ity given to them to repeal Com­mon Core with the best stan­dards in the world, made specif­i­cally for the chil­dren in North Carolina.

The bat­tle is not over. In many ways, it is just beginning.

Keep­ing both the ASRC and the State Board of Edu­ca­tion account­able to pub­lic meet­ing laws is cru­cial. Trans­parency that was non-​existent with the adop­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of Com­mon Core in North Car­olina can­not be repeated. To help with keep­ing up with the com­mis­sion, I’ve begun pro­files on the House and Sen­ate appointees which can be accessed here. These pro­files will be updated as needed and when con­tact infor­ma­tion for the ASRC has been designated.

I urge cit­i­zens in North Car­olina to get involved, to speak out and to keep all par­ties hon­est by keep­ing them on task to replace Com­mon Core and not to rebrand it in North Carolina.

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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

Last week, I have an update on the status of replacing Common Core in North Carolina. To recap, from the looks of it, North Carolina’s Governor and State Superintendent are counting on the State Board of Education to shrug off the Academic Standards Review Commission’s (ASRC) work and go with a rebrand.  I’d like to hope I’m wrong in that assessment, but that seems to be what they’re saying.

Going a step further, NC’s DPI is unhappy about not having a seat at the table for the standards review. The NC Superintendent has decided she’s going to hold her own commission. We see the same thing happening in Missouri.

Power Play
State Boards of Education wield a lot of power, which is why watchdogging the ASRC will be paramount for North Carolina citizens. Mary Grabar has picked up on the theme of State Boards of Education being used as tools to keep Common Core in place:

Go to one state school board meeting and you will see and hear how much board members toe the line from the federal Department of Education, as they grasp for federal funds.  I found this out by attending a meeting in Georgia in November where I heard a long-winded sales pitch for the Georgia Family Engagement Conference, an activity pursuant to the “Parental Engagement” section of the federal Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, where only pro-Common Core speakers were allowed.  In contrast, five citizens were allowed three minutes apiece to make their case against Common Core at the state school board meeting.

As if “parental engagement” weren’t Orwellian enough, the upcoming annual meeting of the National State Boards of Education (NASBE), “a non-profit association that represents state and territorial boards of education,” has as its theme, “Leaders Learning from Leaders.”   The agenda is full of Common Core buzzwords, like “career readiness,” “digital learning,” and “teacher evaluation.”

Indeed. 
Terms like “career readiness,” “digital learning,” and “teacher evaluation” seem to be dripping from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the McCrory administration in North Carolina.

It’s Not Over 
The fight is not over. Not by a long shot. North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest has been fighting Common Core from the start. In a recent Fay Observer op-ed, he’s restated his opposition and has called for citizens to get involved and to keep tabs on the ASRC – AND the State Board of Education.

It is important to know that every North Carolina resident is represented by six members of the State Board of Education (two elected officials, three at-large members and one district representative).

The members of the state school board are William Cobey, chairman and member at large; A.L. Collins, vice chairman, from the 5th Education District; Dan Forest, lieutenant governor; Janet Cowell, state treasurer; Rebecca Taylor, 1st Education District; Reginald Kenan, 2nd Education District; Kevin Howell, 3rd Education District; Dr. Olivia Holmes Oxendine, 4th Education District; John Tate, 6th Education District; Gregory Alcorn, 7th Education District; Wayne McDevitt, 8th Education District; Marcella Savage, member at large; Patricia Willoughby, member at large; and Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, chief administrative officer and secretary.

All meetings of the Academic Standards and Review Commission are required by law to be public. Likewise, meetings of the State Board of Education are also open to the public.

I encourage those of you opposed to Common Core to communicate with the members of the review commission and the State Board of Education through email, phone calls or mail, or face-to-face. Express to them your desire that they exercise the authority given to them to repeal Common Core with the best standards in the world, made specifically for the children in North Carolina.

The battle is not over. In many ways, it is just beginning.

Keeping both the ASRC and the State Board of Education accountable to public meeting laws is crucial. Transparency that was non-existent with the adoption and implementation of Common Core in North Carolina cannot be repeated. To help with keeping up with the commission, I’ve begun profiles on the House and Senate appointees which can be accessed hereThese profiles will be updated as needed and when contact information for the ASRC has been designated.

I urge citizens in North Carolina to get involved, to speak out and to keep all parties honest by keeping them on task to replace Common Core and not to rebrand it in North Carolina.

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.