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Common Core PR Machine: The Collaborative For Student Success

Politico has a brief blurb about Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform event. At the end of that blurb, they lend credibility to the panel I was on – Messaging and Public Relations. Here’s what Politico has up:

— Pushing back against Beck’s populist rage, the Collaborative for Student Success today will release two videos featuring former Republican governors praising the Common Core standards. The collaborative, which has received funding from the Gates Foundation, plans to promote the videos through social media. A peek:

That “peek” goes to The Collaborative for Student Success. They make some wild claims on that about page, including citing a statistic of support that they do not have a link to support. You’re just supposed to take their word for it. Their ‘about’ page clearly states who is behind this group. It’s exactly who you think:

The Collaborative is supported by both regional and national foundations, including: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Other funders may soon be joining this important effort.

So, another Common Core pushing PR group? Pretty much. Continue reading

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Moore Schools Communication Director Hired At Over $72K

Per the, Moore Schools has hired a new Communications Director to replace the outgoing one.
Moore County Schools has announced the appointment of a new community relations advisor to replace the retired Tim Lussier.

Amber Rach has more than 15 years of experience in communications and administration, including higher education. Her background includes public relations, editing, publications management, crisis communication, event management and writing.

Before joining Moore County Schools, Rach served as director of the professional writing certificate program and assistant professor of writing at Methodist University in Fayetteville. She previously served as assistant vice chancellor for university and community relations at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
-The Pilot.Com, 7/15/14

The article didn’t include the salary for Ms. Rach, so I wrote to the author, John Lentz. His reply in email indicated that her salary was going to be $72,475.
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About That Textbook Commission

Our Governor almost has more Democrats working for him these days than Bev Perdue did.
I’ve already pointed out his Democrat education advisers, now I’m talking about the textbook commission. It is important to note that these appointments come by the recommendation of the NC State Superintendent — June Atkinson. The chairman of this commission is subject to her approval.
Out of a total of 22 appointments, the Governor has increased the number of Democrats in place that his predecessor had to 12. He kept most of the prior commission members in place however this commission is one person less than the 2010-2014 commission.

Dr. Terry Stoops at John Locke had the count at 4 Republican, 11 Democrat, 3 Unaffiliated and 4 no party information available. I have a different count of 6 Republican, 12 Democrat, 3 unaffiliated and 1 with no party information available. A side-by-side comparison of the two commissions can be viewed here.
The discrepancy may be because it would seem the same people serving on the 2010-14 commission have shifted the county listed by their name in the Governor’s press release. I’ve captured both and using the NC Board of Elections voter look up tool, was able to track down a few of those missing party affiliation.
It is important to note that in the new additions we now have Rodney Trice, the Director of Wake County’s “Equity Affairs” office. Other changes include the loss of Sanguine (R), Cox (U), Pearce (R). Additions include Novey (U) and Trice (D).

A word to parents Continue reading

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Rep. Cotham Continues To Politicize Common Core

More ‘politicizing’ from Rep. Tricia Cotham. cotham core politicizing
She sat on the Common Core Legislative Research Committee, yet continues to ignore the reality of these flawed, experimental standards and the public outcry on Common Core. Instead, she insists on attempting to demonize opposition.

During debate of the bill (SB 812) to repeal and replace Common Core in North Carolina, State House Rep. Cotham (D-100) continued to politicize the measure. She even invoked the President’s name in order to try and politicize the vote:

Cotham just politicized the Common Core again while saying it has become political. She just threw in Obama. #StopCommonCore #NCGA

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) July 16, 2014
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NC’s Common Core Bill Heads To Governor McCrory

North Carolina’s Legislature has just passed SB 812 to remove and replace Common Core. The House just voted to concur with the Senate and the bill now will head to Governor McCrory. The vote was 71-34. Continue reading

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