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 The same applies for corrections, deletions or updates once the profiles are posted.

Many will find these profiles useful, since Policy Watch’s Education writer is already politicizing:


Watchdogging The Commission
I call on citizens across North Carolina to watch this commission and make sure they are adhering to open meeting laws, are being transparent about the process and following their mandates as listed in SB 812:

SECTION 2.(c)  The Commission shall:

(1)        Conduct a comprehensive review of all English Language Arts and Mathematics standards that were adopted by the State Board of Education under G.S. 115C‑12(9c) and propose modifications to ensure that those standards meet all of the following criteria:

a.         Increase students’ level of academic achievement.

b.         Meet and reflect North Carolina’s priorities.

c.         Are age‑level and developmentally appropriate.

d.         Are understandable to parents and teachers.

e.         Are among the highest standards in the nation.

(2)        As soon as practicable upon convening, and at any time prior to termination, recommend changes and modifications to these academic standards to the State Board of Education.

(3)        Recommend to the State Board of Education assessments aligned to proposed changes and modifications that would also reduce the number of high‑stakes assessments administered to public schools.

(4)        Consider the impact on educators, including the need for professional development, when making any of the recommendations required in this section.

The Commission shall assemble content experts to assist it in evaluating the rigor of academic standards. The Commission shall also involve interested stakeholders in this process and otherwise ensure that the process is transparent.


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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