In case you missed it, the Academic Standards Review Commission who met for 15 months decided to take a dive. Several of the members went cannibal on poor Dr. Scheick and as a result, killed the math recommendations.
The vanilla set of recommendations that were produced are weak. These recommendations now are with the State Board of Education, where they will be looked at by the Student Achievement Committee. That committee consists of two people: Eric Davis and Olivia Oxendine.
Oxendine served on the Academic Standards Review Commission and was one of the commission members who joined in on attacking Dr. Scheick. Someone tell me how it works that a person who killed part of the recommendationsnow gets to possibly further water them down?
Here are some possibilities that could happen now:
State Board of Education committee puts off looking at these recommendations until the General Assembly’s short session is mostly over. That effectively kills any action the NCGA could take on Common Core in the short-term.
It would be dumb or naive, rather, of the State Board of Education to think that there aren’t legislators who have a bill just sitting in a drawer waiting to be filed though. At least I get that impression from my moles in at the legislature and from Senator Jerry Tillman’s most recent newsletter:
Common Core – No More – Are You Sure? SBE Must Decide…
Current law does away with the Common Core Curriculum. I wish that was the end of the story. It’s only the beginning. The standards commission ended its work a few short weeks ago. After 15 months of meetings they produced a draft report. The report was fairly thorough and addressed the math curriculum problems well and the draft report recommended adopting Minnesota’s plan – an excellent plan and considered among the best in the nation. The standards commission on December 18th promptly voted down its own report and thus wasted 15 months of time, effort and money.
Now, the State Board of Education must act. The may accept, reject or modify the report. Essentially they got NOTHING from the standards commission – NOTHING. The Legislature, if my guess is right, will not stand for a whitewash, cheap rebranding of the Common Core Curriculum. The people of this state are smarter than that. The people I represent know better. The Legislature once again will have the final say. We’ll see…
Not sure what law Tillman is talking about, but Common Core are standards not curriculum and no law has gotten rid of it yet.
‘We’ll see’ alright — if the good Senator is all talk and no action.
Another thing to think about is that if the State Board of Education were to put off moving on the recommendations, it would then land closer to election time and give many candidates a renewed battle call.
Remember, Common Core is that sleeper issue everyone underestimates.
It took Jeb down. it took Kasich down. It took Walker down. It ain’t over yet — Who will be next?