In going over the December meeting materials from the Common Core Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC), there was one handout that was missing any notation of who the author was.
This handout had a header on it that said, “Legislatively Required Standards Review Process in Other States“. A closer inspection of the original document’s properties showed it was authored by Michael Gilligan.
Snippet from his bio with emphasis added:
Michael’s career spans over 25 years in the education reform and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Achieve, where his focus is on building state coalition support for the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and working with the 35 American Diploma Project network states on their college- and career-ready agendas, Michael was Director of Strategic Initiatives and Resource Development at the Hunt Institute in North Carolina. Michael was on the start-up team for Hunt in 2002 and most recently led the Institute’s efforts to support states’ development, adoption and implementation of rigorous standards in ELA, math and science.
I sent an inquiry to the ASRC’s co-chairs and received a response from co-chair Andre Peek. Mr. Peek indicated that this handout came from Eric Guckian, the education aide to Governor Pat McCrory. A copy of that reply is below:
Peek, Andre <firstname.lastname@example.org>Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 8:24 PM
To: Lily Liberty <email@example.com>, “Metcalf, Jeannie” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Ms. Dillon,
This was initial background information provided to me by our State Education Advisor, Eric Guckian.
R. Andre Peek
Co-Chair, Academic Standards Review Commission
State of North Carolina
I reached out to Mr. Guckian for an official comment that same day. Mr. Guckian asked if we could speak about it over the phone. I have yet to speak with Mr. Guckian on this item via the telephone but felt this piece of information needed to be brought to light given the ASRC meets tomorrow. We all want as transparent of a process with the ASRC as possible.