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NC Superintendent on #APUSH

An email exchange on the appalling changes to APUSH (AP U.S. History) was forwarded to me by NC Citizen Nancy Murdoch. With her permission I am publishing it on this blog.

Reminder: APUSH changes were driven by unqualified David Coleman — a Common Core architect.

Note Dr. Atkinson’s comment that the College Board is an outside entity and DPI has no control over it.

“The College Board develops and manages all AP courses, including AP U.S. History. Neither DPI nor the State Board of Education approve the standards or course implementation of outside organizations, including those of College Board. ”

That begs the question, why are we using this if we have no control over it and this new framework clearly undermines North Carolina’s history curriculum? What role do DPI and the State Board of Education play if not to vet and maintain quality education in North Carolina? Dr. Atkinson seems to be shrugging her shoulders here and that’s just as appalling as the changes to the APUSH framework.

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More Activism In NC Schools

More fliers and activism in North Carolina schools. This time it’s not an NCAE/Organize2020 protest flier that went home in the backpacks of our children. This time it is Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and a slanted flier about a proposed sales tax hike. Charlotte Observer has a write up here, which of course doesn’t ask questions about the validity of the content of the flier.

“CMS spokeswoman Kathryn Block told the Observer the document “was developed as an informational document only.”
– Charlotte Observer

Really? Who developed it and why is the informational document not providing where you drew your information from?

WBT-TV news story about illicit and inaccurate @charMeckSchools flyer passed out at South Meck football game by CMS. http://t.co/N5H88PpqeX

— Bill James (@meckcommish) August 31, 2014

Char-Meck tweeted out to their over 15,000 followers this two-page flier.

Here’s more information about voting and how funds from the sales tax referendum, if approved, could be spent by CMS. http://t.co/CLIB2r0dwl

— CMS (@CharMeckSchools) August 30, 2014

While the intent to promote the school’s best interests is clear, what is also clear is the bias.

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“Buyers Remorse” On Common Core?

ABC has an AP article up called Buyers Remorse on Common Core for Policymakers. “Buyers Remorse” On Common Core? Years after adoption and after a slew of slick presentations and truckload of education buzzwords, the reality of Common Core is coming home to roost — but only after citizens stood up and made noise. Our policymakers were all to comfortable to just nod and pat each other on the backs over Common Core. There is the lesson learned here: don’t take your eyes and ears off the powers that be.

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Common Core Replacement Commission Named

The NC House and Senate have named their appointees to the Academic Standards Review Commission, a.k.a Common Core Replacement Commission (see below).

HOUSE (Tillis Appointments)

Mrs. Sara “Katie” Lemons of Stokes County – English Teacher
Dr. Jeffrey A. Isenhour of Catawba County -Middle School Principal
Ms. Tammy J. Covil of New Hanover County — New Hanover County Board of Education
Mrs. Sharmel “Denise” Watts of Mecklenburg County — Project Lift in Charlotte
SENATE (Berger Appointments)

Dr. John. T. Scheick of Wake County – Retired Professor
Laurie McCollum of Rockingham County – Assistant Principal
Ann B. Clark of Iredell County – Deputy Superintendent of Schools, CMS
Jeannie Metcalf of Forsyth County – Winston Salem, Forsyth County Board of Education
Over the coming week, profiles of each of the members will be posted here at LadyLiberty1885. Anyone wishing to contribute to said profiles can do so by emailing me at TheLL1885@gmail.com. The same applies for corrections, deletions or updates once the profiles are posted.

Watchdogging The Commission
I call on citizens across North Carolina ….

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Required Reading For The NC Common Core Replacement Commission

Over at the Pioneer Institute, Jim Stergios has a must read for the Common Core replacement commission. In fact, this is a must read for the legislators at the North Carolina General Assembly, who will be hearing from parents if the Commission is used for ‘show’ by those attempting to force a rebrand scenario.
The article addresses the false hand-wringing we saw over Race To The Top money, the unfunded mandate Common Core places onto the states and the unpredictability of future costs.

Some other main points the article draws, but pointing to Ohio and how they appear to be getting repeal done ‘right': Continue reading

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