10-20-14 NC Common Core Commission Meeting

This is a live blog of the October 20th NC Common Core Commission meeting. This is their second meeting.  Updates will be most recent at the top.

1:55 pm – Robin McCroy, DPI starts presentation.

1:50 pm – Apparently teachers are being surveyed right now about the standards? BY WHO? No one states who is conducting these surveys or what they contain.

1:45 pm – Framework discussion. How are we going to use our time as a commission to get the job done. 1. Discovery, 2. Construct foundation that can be tested, 3. Final set of recommendations to take back to the NCGA. (This is a rehash of what they said in the first meeting.)

1:38 pm – Question to put in record – How will recommendations be funded? Discussion about NCGA budget hindering or helping commission recommendations. Metcalf says we need to do what is right (commission) and then it is the responsibility of the legislature to fund it. Amending the guiding principles of the commission to deal with budget later is suggested.

1:12 pm- 1:30pm – (This section is paraphrased)
Co-Chair Metcalf doesn’t like the info texts versus literature and some of the age inappropriateness.
Watt: End product is important.  North Carolina priorities are important to me. Our kids need to be “competitive in a global society”.
Clark: Focus on the standards not the curriculum. Expectations for every grade level looked at.  Position NC as “globally competitive”.
McCollum: “Wonder emphases in the ELA”.  Worries that we may leave some students behind; cites Appendix B. Concerned about teacher training, prep.
Lemons: Make sure we create standards we can be proud of. The emphasis has to be on resources for strong reading foundation. The K-3 needs addressing. The Common Core standards are geared towards “highest level students”; it’s leaving other kids behind.
Cobey: “My bottom line is what is going to work for the children of this state so that they can live in what is an increasingly competitive world.
Isenhour: It is important we suspend our personal opinions. We need to come together to look at the standards for what they are but also take a step back and also see where they align with curriculum and assessment.
Scheik: Concerns about remedial students. The number is to high. Commission needs to make sure we address that. Ask for college professor input for remedial math and english. There is a wide variety of student abilities and students overall; somehow there has to be accommodation for them.  Reasonable goals need to be set. The ELA standards are a mess; can’t sort out what was the standard and what wasn’t.
Covil: Talking with teachers, some of the issues brought up were developmental inappropriateness and math at the high school level. Issues with informational texts. Her children and others were frustrated.
Oxendine: The process is reviewing and improving the standards. Much of our work will have to delve into the weeds. In order to make the changes or tweak them, we are going to have to roll up our sleeves and make sure the standards are organized in a way to close gaps. Developmentally appropriate standards need to be an end result; solid standards for math and english. The commission should set the precedent for setting good standards.
Peek: Wants standards we can be proud of.  Wants to be the “voice of business” for the commission. Impressed business, government and education came together in NC the way it has.  Stresses that “partnership” a few times more.  Mentions he is chair of NCBCE; it was his way of giving back. This work is important, we need kids to know there is a “tremendous opportunity” here in NC.  We need to sort out how we get this right and continue to lead.

1:10 pm – Minutes presented from first meeting. Motion to accept passes. Commission will go around the table and state their positions and what they hope to accomplish here.

1:09 pm – Commission roll. All present. Dr. Oxendine calling in on the phone.


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Planned Parenthood, Blueprint NC Partner Send Out Pricey Fliers To Teen Males

A parent recently shared some of the mail their teenage son was receiving. Apparently, sending political fliers to a teen who has recently registered to vote is the new hotness.

Three glossy, 3 page front and back color fliers were sent to their son. Three from Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund and three the non-profit behind Aim Higher NC, North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools.  Anyone who knows printing costs knows these fliers were not cheap.

Related Read:  Progress NC’s “AIM HIGHER” Using Emails To Push Candidates

I’ve scanned the backside of one from each group. See below.

Planned Parenthood’s fliers were mainly a war on women theme. Wonder how that plays with a teen male? (Click here for larger view.)











North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools were predictably education themed and mirror Kay Hagan’s ads — all of which have been debunked multiple times, yet they keep running them. (Click here for a larger view.)

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Progress NC’s “AIM HIGHER” Using Emails To Push Candidates

Progress NC’s education front group, Aim Higher, is sending out emails telling you what specific candidates ‘value’ public education.

Aim Higher fails to mention that Adcock is a SAS employee who supports Common Core, Turner’s site is virtually devoid of where he stands on the issues, much less any detail beyond the Blueprint NC style attack on education. Turner is very friendly with far Left Moral Monday candidates.

Also left out was that Hanchette was arrested at Moral Monday and is involved with one of Blueprint NC’s partners, Equality NC.

That’s not valuing education, that’s valuing the take-over of education by un-elected outside trade groups and corporations.

The Aim Higher Web
Some have asked how I know this is Progress NC’s group. If you hover your mouse over the last link in the email, you see this:



If you go to Aim Higher’s donation page, it sends you here.  Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see “NGP VAN”, which is one of the arms of Catalist.  Catalist is the Obama database used in the 2012 election. The other arm is ACTBLUE. Any donation you give through ACTBLUE is tagged and matched up with NGP VAN data in Catalist.

Aim Higher has updated their website with this tag line:

Paid for by Aim Higher Now NC, a project of North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools.  Not authorized by any political party, candidate or committee

North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools is a 501(c)4.  Look at their spending on political races here.  Note the past spending on Democrat backed Judge Ervin, who is currently running for Justice Martin’s seat.

Seeing as Progress NC is sending the emails and supporting the website, yet North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools ,yet what is listed on the Aim Higher website, one has to ask how many fingers are in this non-profit pie?

It seems kind of obvious that this web of groups are not concerned about public education in NC, they are concerned about using public education as a political weapon.

From my inbox:

From: “Kate, Field Director” <info@aimhighernc.org>
Date: October 15, 2014 3:02:01 PM EDT
Subject: 21 days
Reply-To: “Kate, Field Director” <info@aimhighernc.org>


Aim Higher Now


In 21 days this election will be over and we’ll know what path North Carolina will chart over the next two years.

Will it be one that invests in our schools and teachers, putting public education first? Or will it be more classroom cuts while we continue to slash taxes for big corporations and the wealthy?

If North Carolina is going to turn the corner, we must elect candidates who value public education. Folks like Brian Turner, Gale Adock, John Ager and Kim Hanchette this year. You can make the difference in ensuring North Carolina is great again.

Click here to start making calls from home and help end the current attacks on public education from the politicians in Raleigh.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to have phone banks and canvasses virtually every night of the week. We have the goal of making 42,000 more phone calls and door knocks between now and Election Day.

We need folks like you, who know the importance of investing in public education, to get engaged over these last few weeks. Can I count on you for a 25 calls?

Click here to sign up and start calling voters in competitive districts from the comfort of your home!

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done this year. I know many of you have given your time, money and energy to this cause and it means a tremendous amount.

Thank you,
Kate, Field Director
Aim Higher Now NC

You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.

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News and Observer Leaves Out Arrest Record of Candidate

Update: Thank you Carolina Plott Hound for linking!


The News and Observer has an article up entitled, Pendleton, Hanchette seek Wake seat.

The N&O does a brief write-up on both candidates but leaves out some critical information, like Hanchette’s Moral Monday arrest on June 10, 2013.

Also, at the June 10th arrest, Hanchette tied herself to Equality NC by listing them as her interest group affiliation.  Equality NC has endorsed Hanchette as well.  

Remember, Equality NC is also a Blueprint NC member; Cripple, eviscerate, pressure and slam“. 

More on her Equality NC support via Facebook:

This isn’t the first time a candidate or the N&O has failed to present information about a candidate’s affiliations or background.

Remember Jessica Holmes?

She’s the Wake County Commissioner Candidate who has repeatedly failed to mention in her bio she is an NCAE attorney and has spoken at Moral Monday?






Is Moral Monday leader trying to disenfranchise voters?

This Is How Moral Monday Is Trying To Stay Relevant

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#DM7 Article: #NCSEN: Hagan Investments Ships Jobs Overseas

This is a repost of my weekly Da Tech Guy column: #NCSEN: Hagan Investments Ship Jobs Overseas


By A.P. Dillon

Well, last week I wrote about Hagan admitting to skipping vital committee meetings to fundraise. There’s more interesting news about the Senator and her priorities. Local media outlet Carolina Journal has a lot of detail on how Hagan’s family received over $250k in stimulus cash and pocketed probably around $114k of it.

Washington Free Beacon also has this stimulus story and elaborate how her husband’s company pocketed taxpayer dollars, hired their son and future son-in-law to work on a solar project.

Carolina Journal has a follow-up article out, citing a second solar grant to Hagan’s husband’s firm. This one is for $50k.  Carolina Journal also cited a conflict of interest surrounding the whole affair and Senator Hagan’s response has been inconsistent and that legal help was being sought. Via Carolina Journal:

When asked about potential ethical concerns at Thursday’s U.S. Senate debate in Wilmington, Kay Hagan offered a response that was not consistent with a statement her campaign had given to Politico. Campaign spokeswoman Sadie Weiner told Politico that Kay Hagan had consulted with Washington, D.C.-based Democratic attorney Marc Elias ; at the debate, the senator said her husband sought legal help.


That’s not all, though. On top of the stimulus story is an emerging story that Senator Hagan’s priorities include investing in companies which are shipping jobs overseas.

Some Background on Hagan’s Wealth
Senator Hagan is one of the wealthiest U.S. Senators.  She ranks 41st in terms of wealth in the U.S. Congress according to Roll Call. That’s up from a ranking of 45th the year before. Roll Call goes as far as to call her “by far the wealthiest of the Democrat Senators running” this fall:

The only North Carolinian on this year’s roster of the 50 Richest members, Hagan is also by far the wealthiest of the Democratic senators running in this fall’s most competitive re-election campaigns.

She has been among the best-off lawmakers since she arrived six years ago, and her minimum net worth has increased significantly since. The minimum value of her assets exceeded the minimum value of her liabilities by $6.7 million the year she won her seat; that measure of wealth had grown to $8.1 million in 2012 and was $9.1 million last year — a 37 percent increase during her first Senate term.

Not surprising given that Senator Hagan, born Janet Kay Ruthven, comes from a very politically connect and one of the wealthiest families in Southwest central Florida.

Continue on down in the Roll Call profile and you see how tied in her husband and son are to the family fortune:

The biggest asset of the senator’s husband, mergers and acquisitions attorney Chip Hagan III, is more than $1 million in BNC Bancorp stock. He also has a minor stake in the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Class A Miami Marlins farm team.

Shorter: The whole Hagan family is pretty well off.

Back to the part about companies who ship jobs overseas
Both Kay Hagan and Chip Hagan seem to have invested in a large number of companies who have a history of employees that are taking advantage of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA). The TAA helps workers revamp their skills and use various resources to get back into the marketplace due to losing their jobs to foreign trade.  This assistance includes covering healthcare premium costs.

Just for some perspective into how costly this is to the taxpayer, the North Carolina profile shows that $88,164,952 federal dollars were given to the state to support this program and its benefits.  The top applicant was Phillip Morris, a North Carolina company and an investment of Chip Hagan’s.

Some of the companies invested in by Senator Hagan who have applied for TAA include Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Cardinal Health, Delta Airlines, General Electric, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Pepsico, Procter and Gamble, CVS, Ecolab and Pfizer.

As for Chip Hagan, companies applying for TAA included Bristol Myers, Johnson and Johnson, Franklin Resources, Boeing, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Abbott Labs, Merck, Pfizer, Phillip Morris,  Procter and Gamble, Verizon, American Express, AT&T, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Cisco, Comcast, Disney, General Motors, General Electric, John Deere, Honeywell, Kraft Foods, Metlife, Oracle, Pepsico, Raytheon, Target, T-mobile, UPS, United Health, Wal-Mart and United Technologies.

A good number of these companies invested in by the Hagan’s had extensive lists of applications in multiple states. Many of those companies had locations in North Carolina who applied; some were denied but quite a few were certified.  Look them up for yourself at the TAA site.



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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 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.

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