Professional Lobbyist Pens ANOTHER Letter to NC Common Core Commission – #nced #asrc

CC ED Potemkin VillageBack in March, I reported on a professional lobbyist and PR consultant named Andrew Meehan who penned a letter to the NC Common Core Commission (ASRC) in support of the controversial Standards.

Mr. Meehan has struck again it seems. The Common Core Potemkin Village is well looked after.

This time a group of teachers, that includes members of the Gates backed Hope Street Group, has sent the commission. A letter which they failed to mentioned  Meehan also penned.

Joanna Schimizzi sent the letter to the Commission, however upon looking at the document properties, Co-Chair Tammy Covil found it was created by Meehan.

The email containing the letter, as well as Covil’s reply is below.
Beyond the email, I have added the text of the letter that I obtained and which Schimizzi attached with some commentary.

From: Tammy Covil <>
Subject: Re: Teacher Input
Date: November 2, 2015 at 9:08:47 AM EST
To: Joanna Schimizzi <>

Ms. Schimizzi,

We are in receipt of your letter and will take note of your comments.
Quick question: Are the teachers who endorsed this letter aware that it was authored by an education lobbyist by the name of Andrew Meehan, president of Meehan Strategy Group? I’m sure his organization didn’t prepare this document out of the goodness of their heart. Please share with this commission the name(s) of those who are funding his services on your behalf. 
Quite frankly, I am appalled that educators would not only plagiarize someone else’s work but then try to pass it off as their own. You may disagree with parents and attack them by insulting their intelligence for sharing legitimate concerns about Common Core, but at least their thoughts are genuine.
I have copied a few legislators on this email. I will also be sharing this with the media.
Tammy J. Covil
On Nov 2, 2015, at 6:28 AM, Joanna Schimizzi <> wrote:

Dear Academic Standards Review Commission —

Thank you for the work you are doing to examine the standards from multiple points of view.
Many educators have been actively following your work. We appreciated the teacher focus groups that were formed, but many of us were unable to attend them due to geographic location. 
We realize that you are preparing to finalize your recommendations. As members of organizations such as NCAE, Hope Street Group Fellows, America Achieves Fellows, Center for Teaching Quality and other groups across the state, we wanted to combine our thoughts into one document for you. 
While we all had many individual thoughts, we were able to condense them into three shared themes. 
If you don’t mind, could you please reply confirming that you received our email?
Thank you,
Joanna Schimizzi and over 40 collaborative educators

<Letter from Teachers.docx>

Note the vast majority of those listed at middle school and above. I only saw two in claiming to be in elementary school.

The list is significant, however not as significant as the fact that we know teachers who speak out against Common Core in North Carolina have been threatened and told to keep quiet.

Many of the individuals signing this letter have been Common Core advocates going back to the NCGA Legislative research committee, such as Nancy Gardener.

Schimizzi herself is whole-hog for Common Core along with Mr. Leichner, who also signed the letter sent to the Commission. Schimizzi is no stranger to the spotlight.

Trey Ferguson is a Hope Street Group Fellow and in general has been the lead mouthpiece for promoting and protecting Common Core for the Gates backed group with regard to this commission.  Other Hope Street Group “fellows” who signed the letter are Dr. James Brooks, Bryan Christopher, Lucas Pasley and Courtney Sears.  Quite a contingency.

View all the NC “Fellows” here.

One of Hope Street Group’s founders recently even tried to troll me — how’s that for desperate?

*This article has been updated for clarity.

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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2 Responses to Professional Lobbyist Pens ANOTHER Letter to NC Common Core Commission – #nced #asrc

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  2. nancyccta says:

    I can’t help but wonder if the teachers were incapable or too lazy to write their own letters.


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