Compromise reached on Common Core repeal bill

Posted July 2, 2014

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— House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a bill that they say will repeal North Carolina's use of Common Core standards for K-12 education. 

Although a formal conference report, which would be the final compromise version of Senate Bill 812, has not yet been filed, negotiators from both chambers said Wednesday that they have reached a deal and described the legislation in the same way. 

"It repeals and replaces the Common Core," Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, said, adding that the measure would allow state education officials to pull pieces of the Common Core standards into the new state regime. 

Common Core is not a curriculum. Rather, it is a set of guidelines for what students need to know. The state Board of Education and local school systems craft the curriculum needed to teach students to meet those standards. 

Developed by a national groups of education officials and the National Governor's Association, Common Core is also backed by business and military leaders, who said the common set of standards will help prepare students for work life. They are also aimed at helping students who move between school systems because the requirements in their old classrooms will be roughly the same as what they will be expected to know in their new classes. 

The standards got little attention until President Barack Obama's Education Department embraced them as an exemplar of what states needed to do in order to win grant funding. In the intervening years, a coalition of political conservatives and parents who say they require students to tackle inappropriate topics have urged states to replace Common Core. That pressure came to fruition this year. 

The House and Senate both drafted repeal bills in recent weeks. Both bills would have created an Academic Standards Review Commission to review the benchmarks that students in K-12 must meet in order to progress though the public school system and eventually graduate. The recommendations from that commission would then be sent to the State Board of Education for adoption. 

The House version of that bill would have prohibited the new commission from using anything having to do with Common Core in the new standards. The Senate version allowed the commission to use pieces of the Common Core, something that made critics of the repeal effort in the business community happier. 

Both Tillman and Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, say the new commission may uses pieces of Common Core in setting new standards for the state.

"They can take parts of it, but they cannot take it in its entirety," Holloway said.

Tillman said the commission was free to look at whatever "they deem as rigorous and appropriate" for the state. 

"They might take a standard or two or whatever from the Common Core, but they're not bound to do that," Tillman said. 

Once the conference committee report is formally turned into the House and Senate, both chambers must vote to approve it. It would then go to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature or veto. He has expressed skepticism about the efforts to repeal Common Core.


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  • KnowsItAll Jul 7, 2014

    we need to get rid of Common Core. This curriculum is designed to teach critical thinking skills - also known as Libr'ul Indoctrination. This MUST go because there are few things more dangerous to a Republican legislature than a population of critical thinkers

    Remove Common Core, and replace with a Bible-based education, and our grads will have all the skills they'll need to compete with the Indians and Chinese for high-tech jobs in the future. If I remember correctly, Leviticus has a nice section on solving differential equations. And hey, if you run into a problem you can's solve, just PRAY about it! :-)

  • iopsyc Jul 3, 2014

    If the replacement happens in under 3 years I will be shocked. It takes time to write standards, write a curriculum, and develop tests. If any part of it is rushed through, we'll have more people upset over a bad roll out (again)

  • AppStgrad Jul 3, 2014

    What is the timeline for the new standards? Who will make up this commission to create the new standards- and what will qualify them to do so? How will the implementation of new standards be funded- as it could mean schools and school systems will need TONS of new resources to match a new curriculum....wonder if those who are making decisions are thinking about all of these and other consequential and important questions.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 3, 2014

    New State Regime??? ???? ....Too many Politicians involved who know NOTHING about education...What NC also needs to do is to STOP THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TESTING. ...NC mandates too many tests and this nightmare is not over until they STOP THIS mad testing...Parents need to wake up. Your kids are being tested 180/180...and the teachers are TESTING...not TEACHING.. not the fault of the teachers...but the so-called STATE REGIME.. Give me a break!

  • Terry Watts Jul 2, 2014
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    If you car is gets a flat tire, do you change the tire, or do you scrap your car and buy another one???

    I have no problems with changing the implementation of CC or calling it something different. But should we toss aside the Standards b/c of problems with the state-written Curriculum???

    Fix the curriculum, don't jettison the standards...

  • Terry Watts Jul 2, 2014
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    Who would want to be a teacher anywhere in NC when they could move to VA and get paid so much more to do the same exact job???

    IMO, poorly paid teachers in poorly funded districts produce poorly educated kids...

  • Terry Watts Jul 2, 2014
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    The fight over the Standards is just smoke and mirrors... The real issue here is that the power of the People's elected Superintendent of Public Instruction is being taken away and given to a board of GA Political Appointees...

    God help us all...

  • jamey81 Jul 2, 2014

    Of course, the published standards are protected under copyright law and, thusly, could not be copied into new standards. Our lawyer legislators would know this already, yeah?

    At least one thing is sure- the legislators will actually read the standards, most of them for the first time, no doubt. Sheesh.

  • archmaker Jul 2, 2014

    Is this like the Republican's "repeal and replace" plan where 9 of their 10 items were already in Obamacare?
    So Common Core flies under the radar as a standard developed by state leaders until the Obama administration promotes it and all of a sudden is a "federal take-over" of education? Like the Republican idea of an "Individual mandate" for health insurance is fine until Obama makes it a law?
    Heaven forbid that you parents don't take the time to learn "common core math" problems that take more "convoluted" time to solve. You know what? They teach HOW math works, not how to replicate the answer you can get from a $5 calculator!

  • George Costanza Jul 2, 2014
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    Common core is a disaster.