NC Public Schools Forum ‘Key Education Issues’ Breakfast (Video)

In January, the NC Public Schools Forum held an event called ‘Eggs and Issues 2015‘.  The forum was slated to address what NC Public Schools forum feels are the ‘Top 10 Issues‘ in North Carolina education.  NC SPIN was also going to do a live taping after the event, apparently to be released on February 15th.

Panelists originally listed were John Hood of the John Locke Foundation, Chris Fitzsimon, of NC Policy Watch, Keith Poston of  NC Public School Forum, Rep. Craig Horn, NC General Assembly and Andre Peek, IBM / Co-Chair NC Academic Standards Review Commission.

There is, of course, mention of Common Core around the 12:45 mark.

Near the end of the segment on Common Core, NC Public Schools’s Keith Poston says that he thinks the legislation says the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) can keep what they want from Common Core and then proceeds to give NC Public School Forum’s recommendations.

The title of the legislation is Replace CCSS w/NC’s Higher Academic Standards.   Multiple legislators, including the bill’s author, Senator Tillman, have made visits to the ASRC to stress the intent of the bill: Replace, not rehash or rebrand.

NC Public Schools recommendations parrot the beginning of the bill.

An interesting comment is made by Keith Poston around the 13:55 mark in the vein of the lack of teacher preparation for Common Core:

I can tell you as a parent, ummm.. parents weren’t probably adequately informed…and kept up to speed of what was going on.

Gee, parents have been saying this for years, Mr. Poston, yet told we’re nuts for our trouble.

As to teacher preparation, Common Core was thrust on teachers in this state with very little notice. They were told ‘go find curriculum’ to teach to the Core just months prior to the Common Core being rolled out at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.

Related Read: Behind the Common Core Curtain in NC – Parts 1, 2, 3, 4.
Related Read: NC Teachers Lay It Out: Too Much Testing, Data Collecting (video)

Near the end of the video, Career and College Readiness is hammered home again, with mention of WorkKeys as a tool for determining said readiness.

Some of the candid portions of the panelist discussion were not included in the video below.




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