Who Is Driving Education Policy In NC?

Last year, I called attention to a group called the NC Superintendent Large District Consortium and their intention to call for a seven-year lock in of Common Core in the state.

I’ve kept tabs and have questions about who is driving education policy in the state of North Carolina.

I placed a Freedom of Information Act request last September and have just recently received the information back from Wake County Public Schools. I requested emails that had “NC Superintendent Large District Consortium” and “Common Core” in the subject or body of the emails.

Several of the pages I received included communications from “Education Counsel LLC”, an apparently for profit policy group out of Washington, D.C.
Read who Education Counsel is and how they do it.

The emails had a focus on what appears to be rubric testing and creation of Common Core curriculum as ‘approved’  by Achieve Inc.’s American Diploma Project.  The email points to “EQuiP”, which I have written about previously in the article, More Proof Common Core Is Not ‘Just a Set of Standards’.

One has to ask, what is the service that Education Counsel is providing costing the North Carolina taxpayer? Who is driving education in our state – North Carolina officials and educators or  Washington D.C. policy wonks?


Several of the pages were not formatted for proper viewing and one has to use the magnify option in Adobe to read the text.  Page 90 suffered that fate. Another such page was a discussion on “talking points” to be used to rebut movements in the General Assembly.  I recommend downloading the whole document so one can resize text as needed.  Excerpt of page 102:

From: “Emory, Beverly R” <bremory@wsfcs.k12.nc.us>
Have worried about Common Core language from the start but went back and read the bill language which basically supports rigorous standards but names them NC. I can support or remove. The “high road” would be to support rigor and the investment already made in Common Core and leave out endorsing the Bill.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 19, 2014, at 9:53 PM, “Green, Maurice O” <greenmo@gcsnc.com> wrote:
Team: I think we need to talk about our Common Core position in these talking points in light of Senator Tillman’s statements, quoted in recent news articles, that even the Senate bill on Common Core intends to repeal it. Mo
Sent from m y Sam sung Galaxy Note® II


Also of note, outfits outside of school officials were included in some conversations, such as NC New Schools and Z. Smith Reynolds.

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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