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This is a reposting of my DaTechGuy weekly column: NC Common Core Update
By A.P. Dillon
South Carolina has dumped the Common Core. So has Oklahoma and Missouri is on its way. While I’ve been busy following other states, I am right in the middle of what is happening in my own state of North Carolina. Here are some updates. Continue reading
Governors in states surrounding North Carolina and across the country have all realized what a mess Common Core is.
Governor Pence dumped it.
Governor Haley got rid of it.
Governor Fallin got rid of it.
Governor Nixon has just to sign to be rid of it.
Governor Jindal is making moves to drop it.
Governor Haslam made the first move to stop it by dropping the PARCC tests.
Governor Cuomo has a full on insurrection of moms in NY; in time, likely they will dump it.
Also worth noting:
The Republican National Committee has a resolution opposing it.
The U.S. Congress has a resolution opposing it.
Our state of NC has a conference committee hammering out the details between SB 812 and HB 1061. The end result will be a commission to replace Common Core and create higher standards for North Carolina, the removal of a copyrighted brand name from our statutes, the restoration of educational sovereignty to our state and the return of a true education to our students. Having said that, the question remains:
Is North Carolina’s Governor McCrory coming around finally?
The answer? Maybe so. Continue reading
Yesterday at the NC General Assembly, the House Education Committee passed a PCS (proposed committee change) to Senate Bill 812 – Maintain State Auth. Over Academic Standards. The PCS passed 25-17.
PCS to #SB812 Ayes 25 Nos 17. Motion passes. #NCGA #StopCommonCore
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) June 19, 2014
My understanding is that what this PCS does is to substitute the language of HB 1061 for that of SB 812. From what I gathered, the bill will head to a conference committee sometime next week. In that conference committee a compromise will have to be hammered out which takes SB 812 and includes a large portion of the language of HB 1061. From there, it will be voted on by both chambers of the NCGA and will be sent to the Governor for signature.
Here is what I tweeted out during the meeting yesterday: Continue reading
Common Core Fighters in North Carolina,
We need to act once again.
keep-calm-and-pass-hb-1061 twitter piIt has come to my attention the Senate Education Committee is possibly trying to avoid conferencing with the House to merge HB 1061 and SB 812. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. SB 812, as it stands by itself, is a weaker bill than HB 1061. The two need to be merged.
To the NC Chamber folks reading this: We know you like SB 812 and we know why.
Section Five? SB 812 has language keeping the Common Core Testing Consortia on the table. Common Core is driven by data, which these consortia require as well. NC is still part of the SBAC and we MUST withdraw or all of this is for not. North Carolina would do far better with a proven, public use set of tests that have no strings attached like the SBAC and PARCC do.
Let’s be clear: Without PARCC /SBAC, Common Core dies. With them, Common Core lives. Continue reading
What is the status of HB 1061/ SB 812?
We know these bills passed their respective Houses and have since been referred to their respective education committees:
Since then, we have heard little about the conference committee to merge these bills.
Yes, it is time to get on the phone and fire up the emails yet again!
Over the last month, me and the army of moms in North Carolina fed up and concerned with Common Core have been deluging the legislature with letters and calls. One of these fighters has been collecting responses. So far, out of 150 letters sent, she’s seen a small return. Having said that, some of the responses should be noted by parents as to who in the NC General Assembly wants to keep the straps of the Common Core in place over our children’s education and over our state’s sovereignty. While the House shows clear support for getting rid of Common Core in the responses below, the Senate does not.
Below is what was sent to me. I have only altered the text in order to better format it for presentation in this article. If parents out there want a bigger microphone to express their displeasure with Common Core or have received responses back they wish to share, I will happily offer this blog as a place they can do so. Email me at TheLL1885@gmail.com
To the Representatives who voted for H1061, this is the letter they received. It was a picture of support.
Dear Representative _________ , Continue reading
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