Action Alert: Common Core And Data Privacy Bills At NCGA

Folks, yesterday two bills concerning Common Core and Data Privacy cropped up in the Senate. They are on the calendar for TODAY. The Senate meets at 2 pm today and usually ends by 5 or 5:30. We need to shoot out an email or get on the phone and contact our Senators to Co-Sponsor these bills. If you are not sure who represents you, go HERE.

The bills in play TODAY are:

SB815 – Ensuring Privacy of Student Records
SB812 – Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs

The first one, SB815, is a student data privacy bill being put in by Senator Barefoot.  I have not had a chance to get into this bill yet. I will be doing that today. Data privacy in relation to Common Core is tricky; I am sure there will be tightening of language and amending. Sponsors: Chad Barefoot;  Andrew C. Brock;  Dan Soucek;  (Primary) 

The second one, SB812, is identical to HB1061. That is to say, this is the same bill, just being filed in the Senate. Sponsors: Dan Soucek;  Jerry W. Tillman;  (Primary) 

 

I’ve already fired off a letter to my Senator. Below is an example of the kind of letter I sent them. Feel free to use and adapt it to contact yours.

Dear Senator____________,
I am one of your constituents and I am writing to you today to urge you to become a Co-Sponsor today of two very important bills:

SB815 – Ensuring Privacy of Student Records
SB812 – Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs

Bill 815 addresses the privacy of student records. While not part of Bill 812, it relates to it. The amount of data being collected on our kids under Common Core and it’s related testing is very concerning. The measures taken by the Department of Education to alter the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) in order to obtain even more personal data without parental consent is also disturbing. This has animpact in our state and if you wish to see the level of intrusion companies are trying for, there is a video in this article you should watch.  NC needs to act to protect it’s youngest citizens.

Bill 812 will serve to replace the fundamentally flawed and experimental Common Core State Standards. The Common Core is an age and developmentally inappropriate set of standards which lack rigor and is unproven and untested.

The Common Core is copyrighted by two D.C. trade organizations. This copyright dictates NC cannot alter the standards, must adhere to them 100% and may only add up to 15% in new content. That new content will not be tested on.

Common Core Standards are not higher standards, they are experimental standards that are not under NC’s control and will cost the state taxpayers an estimated $641.9 million to keep and maintain them over the next 5 years.

Bottom line: We need NC State Standards. Our children deserve standards crafted in our state, are under the control of our state and that make sense for NC schools.  We need to protect the privacy of our students.

Please support SB812 and SB815 and help NC free itself from the increasing outside control the Common Core exerts on our state and our children. Become a Co-sponsor and be a champion for North Carolina’s children.
Respectfully yours,
[YOUR NAME HERE]

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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