More PR From EducationNC

More narrative driving.

Let’s look at the 2 major outfits cited in the article as written by John Dornan, of Common Core supporting NC Public Schools Forum:

“John Dornan was the founding executive director of the North Carolina Public School Forum, serving from 1986 to 2011. A native of Pennsylvania, Dornan’s career spanned a variety of positions related to education over 46 years.”

North Carolina New Schools – “A public-private catalyst for Education”

I’ve written about this one before.

It’s costly to be a ‘partner‘ with NC New Schools.
The list is a who’s who of Common Core funders and supporters.  Top “partners”:

Corporate and Foundation Partners INNOVATOR ($500,000+) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation GSK Golden LEAF Foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York

In fact, NC New Schools initial start-up funding of $24 million came from Gates. Government and Community Partners includes the other major outfit cited in the EducationNC article: NC Business Committee for Education (NCBCE).

The president is Tony Habit, the same man advising the NC Superintendent’s Large District Consortium who recommended a “7 year lock in” of Common Core for North Carolina.  Superintendent Frank Till sits on both the Large District Consortium and the NC New Schools leadership staff.

NC Business Committee For Education (NCBCE)

The North Carolina Common Core Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) is chaired by Andre Peek, Chair of NCBCE. The NCBE has strong ties with the Jim Hunt Institute, of which has received millions to push Common Core. Peek was picked by Governor McCrory to serve on the ASRC.

In fact, Peek and McCrory sat down and talked about Common Core. It was captured on video.

At 22:10 mark, Peek proudly states the NCBCE has stated that they support the Common Core Standards and they are “standing behind it”. Immediately following that remark by Peek, McCrory tells a story about how he talked to Mrs. Gates on the phone the other day.

Now that you know more about the groups cited, re-read the EducatioNC article.

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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