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Common Core is a fundamentally flawed experiment being performed on our students. Proponents have been unable or unwilling to defend the standards from real criticism ranging from the loss of local control, age and developmental inappropriateness to the intrusive data collecting to the fact it’s “higher standards” goal is to get kids into a “non-selective 2 year college”.
Yet, in the face of all of all the complaints, our Governor is still mooning over the standards:
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory said the Republican-driven bill to repeal the Common Core education standards “is not a smart move,” using his strongest language yet to warn against an effort pushed by conservatives in his own party.
“These are things we need to correct and recognize,” he said, citing concerns with implementation and testing in remarks at a Raleigh meeting of the N.C. Business Committee for Education, a group that supports the standards. “But again, you don’t just throw out the whole thing if you have some minor issues you need to fix. We are trying to get some of the language out of the current bills in which we toss the whole thing out with no replacement.” – N&O
With all due respect, Governor, I’m saying this as someone who voted for you and backs you but… BULLCRAP.
The article at N&O goes on to say the Governor hasn’t said he would veto it or not. Veto it and watch the moms descend on your mansion with bullhorns and signs and trust me — we won’t be accepting of cookies either.
Common Core is not just ‘one minor issue’ but a landslide of problems, the first and foremost being the standards are COPYRIGHTED. Do you understand that Governor? We are at the mercy of two D.C. trade organizations to dictate what we do in our schools. Have you read Appendix B? Have you read my open letter to you? If you have, re-read it because it clearly didn’t make a dent. If you haven’t, then I respectfully suggest you do so: Open Letter to NC Gov. McCrory On Common Core Continue reading
Here is an interesting tidbit. Durham schools has dropped their contract with Teach for America (TFA), citing the district no longer needs the group and that their turnover rate isn’t in line with the district’s retention goals.
The district has worked with TFA for the past decade and currently has 12 teachers from the program in local schools: Six at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, four at Neal Magnet Middle School and two at Eastway Elementary School.
The Board of Education last month decided not to renew TFA’s contract, saying the district no longer needs the group’s help and that local schools need teachers willing to commit more than the two years TFA requires.
“We want to build a strong teacher workforce that’s made up of career educators,” school board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said Friday. “Our job is to look long term and make decisions that will benefit the most students over time.”
Carter said the inconsistency and turnover after TFA teachers leave can create problems, especially in high-risk schools where many of the teachers are placed.
“No organization in the business world builds its workforce from temp employees, and basically, that’s what this would be doing.” she said. – WRAL
This criticism about turnover is not new. Flashback to 2011 when Diane Ravitch spoke at Duke:
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Governor McCrory announced his new Education Adviser this week to replace Eric Guckian. Her name is Catherine Truitt and no one I’ve spoken to has ever heard of her.
That doesn’t bode well.
Some details From the Press Release: Continue reading
Two items ran through my Twitter feed yesterday which nearly made me do a spit-take.
First, the new “nonpartisan news” non-profit, EducationNC, ran one of its first major articles. It was from the Governors Aide, Eric Guckian, titled “Every student deserves the right to reach their potential”.
Second, NPR has an article out about North Carolina and the Academic Standards Review Commission. It’s titled, “North Carolina Rethinks The Common Core”.
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Last weekend, NC Superintendent Atkinson tipped her hand on the rebrand strategy for Common Core in North Carolina. This week on the same program, NCSPIN, Governor Pat McCrory repeated the same statements.
In the initial part of the conversation, McCrory made a weak dodge on testing should be called out — all major tests are Common Core aligned. Hasn’t his Teach For America Alum and Education Advisor, Eric Guckian, told him that yet?
The host confirmed with Governor McCrory that the Governor has been “a big supporter of Common Core”. McCrory answered, ” I am a supporter of Common Core but I also recognize the testing aspect needs some revision and change.”
McCrory continued and here’s where the cat is now out of the rebrand bag:
“The title of the bill of Common Core says we’re eliminating Common Core. If you read the bill, it doesn’t eliminate Common Core. It reviews Common Core and only the State Board of Education – with Bill Cobey as its chairman – can change Common Core.”
There you have it, folks.
This is the kick off of Operation Rebrand.
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