Somewhere along the line in the last month, I apparently struck a nerve.
An unsolicited email titled, “Common Core” was sent to me by the Assistant to the NC State Superintendent.
The email I received:
Monique Wertis <email@example.com> Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 2:14 PM
To: “Thell1885@gmail.com” <Thell1885@gmail.com> Cc: June Atkinson <June.Atkinson@dpi.nc.gov>
At the request of Dr. Atkinson, I have attached the minutes from the June 3, 2010, State Board of Education meeting when the State Board approved the Common Core State Standards. Please see GCS 3 – Common Core Standards on pages 14 and 15.
I have also attached the Globally Competitive Students (GCS) Committee Meeting summary notes from its June 2, 2015, meeting. See pages 3 and 4 for the Committee’s discussion.
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Lily Liberty <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:32 AM
To: Monique Wertis <email@example.com>
Cc: June Atkinson <June.Atkinson@dpi.nc.gov>
Dear Ms. Wertis,
Please thank Dr. Atkinson for providing me with this unsolicited documentation.
I checked my files and I already had these. From the dates on my copies, it looks like I pulled them after my experience in Spring of 2013.
That experience was where my inquiries on transparency with the public over Common Core’s adoption were met with a short email response pointing me to a single ‘press release’ on the NC Public Schools website. In that same exchange, Dr. Atkinson stated to me that she did not have “3 million parent email addresses” in order to alert those whom she serves.
Well, thankfully now she apparently has my email address. I’m sure major announcements in the future will be more transparent.
For what it’s worth, a subsequent search and some phone calling revealed that this solitary press release was not repeated by, and in some cases, not even passed to local media.
These State Board documents are similar to that ‘press release’ in that they contain information that the public at large was not made aware of. Common Core was supposed to be a big deal, yet media reporting it to the public was virtually non-existent. Curious.
As a quick side note related to transparency, I’m still waiting on the raw data and comments from DPI’s common core ‘teacher survey’, as is the Academic Standards Review Commission. I am also waiting on a request I put in last November regarding the changes DPI made to the ‘Unpacking’ documents for ELA. I believe the Academic Standards Commission is also waiting on that as well.
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