#NCGA House Ed Cmte Hears #HB1061

Today at the General Assembly, the House Education committee heard discussion on HB 1061 – Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs.  This is a summary of the meeting. To see the tweets I sent out as the meeting occurred, visit my Storify article.

First the good news: It passed through the committee.

Note: This bill might land in appropriations before a full house floor vote. That committee is here.

The session opened up with Rep. Holloway giving a brief introduction of what the bill does and doesn’t do. Then an aide read the summary of the bill and it’s sections. One change from the original bill with regards to the commission is that it is now set at 9 members instead of 17. Elected officials have been removed from the mix. I question if that exclusion of elected officials includes Dr. Atkinson. She’s an elected official with a clear conflict of interest as President Elect of one of the DC trade groups that created the standards and her strong bias in favor of Common Core that she makes plain in her continual insulting those who oppose it.

 

Following the introductions, Rep. Tine (D – 6) attempted to get an amendment added that would have essentially gutted the purpose of 1061, which is to replace Common Core standards with revised and higher NC standards.

Tine’s opening statements gave away his game, as he stated he had been working with the Chamber of Commerce on his proposed amendment. Common Core opposition is very familiar with the influence peddling (and blackmail) the Chamber has been putting forth with regards to Common Core.

Note: The Chamber has a radio ad out now starring former Teacher of the Year, Karyn Dickerson, attempting to sway public opinion. It’s worth noting the ad calls Common Core State Standards simply” Core Standards”. I’ll deal with that false bit of advertising in a later post, stay tuned.

Back to Tine’s amendment — he proposed keeping the testing in place and removing section three of HB 1061. Section three is one line and reads as follows:

SECTION 3. G.S. 115C-174.11(c)(3) is repealed.

This section of the general statutes, 115C-174.11(c)(3) reads as follows; number 3 is the big one, which would keep NC chained to the testing consortium of which Common Core depends on:

(c)        Annual Testing Program. – (1)        The State Board of Education shall adopt the tests for grades three through 12 that are required by federal law or as a condition of a federal grant. These tests shall be designed to measure progress toward reading, communication skills, and mathematics for grades three through eight, and toward competencies for grades nine through 12. Students who do not pass the tests adopted for eighth grade shall be provided remedial instruction in the ninth grade.

(2)        If the State Board of Education finds that additional testing in grades three through 12 is desirable to allow comparisons with national indicators of student achievement, that testing shall be conducted with the smallest size sample of students necessary to assure valid comparisons with other states.

(3)        The State Board of Education shall continue to participate in the development of the Common Core State Standards in conjunction with the consortium of other states, review all national assessments developed by both multistate consortia, and implement the assessments that the State Board deems most appropriate to assess student achievement on the Common Core State Standards.

(4)        To the extent funds are made available, the State Board of Education shall plan for and require the administration of the ACT test for all students in the eleventh grade unless the student has already taken a comparable test and scored at or above a level set by the State Board. The State Board of Education shall require the administration of an alternate to the ACT or an alternate to the PLAN precursor test to the ACT to a student who (i) exhibits severe and pervasive delays in all areas of conceptual, linguistic, and academic development and in adaptive behaviors, including communication, daily living skills, and self-care, (ii) is following the extended content standards of the Standard Course of Study as provided in G.S. 115C-81, or is following a course of study that, upon completing high school, may not lead to admission into a college-level course of study resulting in a college degree, and (iii) has a written parental request for an alternate assessment.

The State Board of Education shall ensure that parents of students enrolled in all public schools, including charter and regional schools, have the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding participation in the ACT and the PLAN precursor test to the ACT.

Alternate assessment and ACT assessment results of students with disabilities shall be included in school accountability reports, including charter and regional schools, provided by the State Board of Education.

Vocal supporters of Tine’s amendment were Rep.’s Cotham, Brandon, Glazier, Fisher and rookie legislators Grier Martin and Graig Meyer.  They are all Democrats. Feel free to contact them and tell them what you think of their position. Their emails are hyper-linked to their names.  Rep. Fisher was ‘very concerned’ that business leaders get their workforce, and threw in concern of parents as an afterthought, blowing off the fact that 40 of the 60 people who testified at the Common Core LRC were opposed to Common Core.

Republican Rep. Jeter supported the Tine amendment, but would later vote to send HB 1061 to the House for a vote. Jeter said we need to “study” the standards — Earth to Rep. Jeter, we HAVE studied it. The NCGA had a full Legislative Research Committee on Common Core.

The most bizarre comments came from Marcus Brandon, who seemed to have a weird form of amnesia.  Brandon was on the Common Core Legislative Research Committee and his questions  today were clearly made in an attempt to fear monger and muddy the waters during discussion.  Glazier’s rhetoric echoed these false talking points making one question if he had even really read the bill.

 

Voting in favor of Tine’s amendment, which was really an attempt to kill the bill, were 18 Representatives. I only managed to jot down 16 of them. I will update when I get the official list. Names of those supporting I did catch were:  Cotham, Fisher, Gill, Glazier, C. Graham, G. Graham, Hall, Jeter, Luebke, Martin, Meyer, Michaux, Tine, Tolson, Wilkins.  The ones I caught are all Democrats, save Rep. Jeter.

In the end, the Tine amendment failed:

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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4 Responses to #NCGA House Ed Cmte Hears #HB1061

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  3. Michele C says:

    Lady Liberty, you are amazing and really highlighted exactly how it all went down. Thank you, thank you for being watchful and representing us all downtown today.

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