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Holshouser Legislators Retreat 2015

The 2015 Governor Jim Holshouser Legislators Retreat took place yesterday. I managed to capture some of the topics via Twitter from the hashtag #HLR2015. The main theme gleaned from it appears to be your kids are “human capitol” which is the “life bud” of business:

Cheryl Oldham: Human capitol is the life bud of business. Need steady pipeline of talent & strong k-12 foundation. #HLR2015 @icwcheryl

— The Hunt Institute (@Hunt_Institute) January 12, 2015

All your kids are belong to them?

This event was by invitation only. From the Hunt Institute website:

2015 Governor Jim Holshouser Legislators Retreat
“Event attendance is by invitation only. If you have an invitation code, please enter it in the form to the right to view more information about this event.” Many NC legislators attended. Was yours there? Ask them.

Please see my Storify Article, Holshouser Legislators Retreat 2015, for more.


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Chamber Watch: High Achievement NY Coalition

Chamber Watch: Keeping an eye on the Chambers of Commerce Core Today’s Article: Coalition Supports Common Core Related Read:  High Achievement NY: Common Core Must Work Because We Don’t Want to Face Arne   “BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – With the Common Core … Continue reading

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“The event is for Chamber of Commerce members only”

If you live in Holly Springs, there’s a meeting about your kids education but you’re not invited. It’s for the Chamber of Commerce members only. Via News and Observer:

Local and state officials – including state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam and Wake County school board member Susan Evans – will participate in a panel discussion at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

The speakers will talk about capped schools, new school construction, Common Core standards and achievements at local schools.

“We’re trying to make sure the business community in Holly Springs is aware of developments, because it affects them,” said Tom Wyrick, owner of Whizard Academy in Cary and Holly Springs, who helped organize the event. Continue reading

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Chamber Watch: Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Watch: Keeping an eye on the Chambers of Commerce Core

Today’s article is on the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Connie Majure-Rhett, president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, wants you to know that Common Core is not a curriculum. We’ve come full circle folks. Defenders of the Core have returned to their first major talking point: “It’s just a set of standards”.

NOPE. Continue reading

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Chamber Watch: NC Chamber Of Commerce Fear mongers On #HB1061

Chamber Watch: Keeping an eye on the Chambers of Commerce Core

Today’s article is on The NC Chamber of Commerce. Yesterday the NC General Assembly’s House passed HB 1061, Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs. The response of the NC Chamber of Commerce was to fear monger:

Fear Mongering & False. RT @NCChamber: HB1061 sends a signal to job creators in NC & every state that NC not ready to compete. #ncga

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) June 5, 2014

The NC Chamber has pushed the flawed and experimental Common Core as some kind of magic bullet that will create this amazing “21st Century Workforce” without one shred of evidence that these standards do anything they claim to. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary: Continue reading

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#NCGA House Ed Cmte Hears #HB1061

Today at the General Assembly, the House Education committee heard discussion on HB 1061 – Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs. This is a summary of the meeting. To see the tweets I sent out as the meeting occurred, visit my Storify article.
First the good news: It passed through the committee.

#HB1061 moves forward: 27 to 16 motion passes. BILL GOES TO FLOOR! #hb1061 #stopcommoncore #ncga

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) June 3, 2014

The session opened up with Rep. Holloway giving a brief introduction of what the bill does and doesn’t do. Then an aide read the summary of the bill and it’s sections. One change from the original bill with regards to the commission is that it is now set at 9 members instead of 17. Elected officials have been removed from the mix. I question if that includes Dr. Atkinson. She’s an elected official with a clear conflict of interest as President Elect of one of the DC trade groups that created the standards and her strong bias in favor of Common Core that she makes plain in continual insulting those who oppose it. Continue reading

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NC Replacing Common Core Means Leading, Not Following

“The biggest fallacy of the Common Core standards is that they have been sold to the nation without any evidence that they will accomplish what their boosters claim.” – Diane Ravitch

The next biggest fallacy is that somehow states pulling out won’t be able to replace the Common Core with something better. There will always be something better — that is, unless you’re a state locked into a copyrighted set of standards controlled by outside entities. To be clear, Common Core Standards are a race to the middle. This is what Common Core supporters are bracing for next: states who pull out and put together superior standards which include continual and best practices integration.

The question that should be turned back on the Common Core supporters is: How can we NOT do better?

Quickly,a look at two of the latest Common Core talking points regarding replacement and then a closing argument. Continue reading

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