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McCrory signs Common Core legislation

Posted July 22

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— Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission.

The standards were adopted by the state several years ago. But their implementation in the 2012-13 school year angered some parents, who said they were inappropriate in several areas. For the past year, those critics have been pushing lawmakers to repeal the standards.

McCrory has supported Common Core in the past. Just last month, he said the push to repeal the standards "is not a smart move," but he acknowledged that some may need to be reviewed and corrected.

The governor also expressed concern that the changes could lower the state's standards – the same argument made by the North Carolina Chamber, which opposed the initial legislation.

House members had wanted to block the state commission from even considering any element of Common Core as it reviews academic standards found throughout the country in order to adopt those best suited to North Carolina. But the Senate insisted on leaving the door open for some Common Core standards to ensure the state adopts the most rigorous set of standards, and the House finally relented on the point.

McCrory noted that, in signing the bill, not much would change, even though bill backers said it would repeal Common Core.

"It does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education," he said in a statement. "I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students."

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  • michelledufay Jul 26, 6:44 p.m.

    Just because proponents of Common Core claim the standards are "rigorous," does not make it so. In reality, they are dumbed down. The man who wrote the math standards for Common Core admitted that a student wishing to go to college for a STEM degree would be unprepared with his curriculum.

  • glarg Jul 23, 3:01 p.m.

    "The GOP dumbing down of NC begins."

    BEGIN PANIC!

    We are going to do what we have always been doing. IF any of this works out in other states, we are free to implement the parts that are working.

    The only change is that we arent part of the lemming pack now.

  • teleman60 Jul 23, 12:28 p.m.

    The GOP dumbing down of NC begins.

    I'm sorry for all the service personnel with kids who get transferred from base to base. Now they will get bounced from grade to grade.

    Tommy Tillis and the GA boys have their "VICTORY" over the "Obama decreed" lesson plan.
    Now they can resort back the Mayberry school texts and tests so as not to ruffle the feathers of those NC residents who CAN'T SPELL FEATHERS!!!

    The military says 75% of AMERICAN youth are Not Mentally or Physically qualified for service!!

    NC is working hard to make that 100%

  • Danny22 Jul 23, 11:26 a.m.

    Thank goodness. We will not conform.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jul 23, 9:32 a.m.

    What's wrong with the way Math was taught before WW2? That era seemed tp produce some of the most capable scientists and engineers in American history.

  • iopsyc Jul 23, 9:25 a.m.

    The comment about addressing testing issues is laughable.

    Standards allow for tests to be created, but they do not in any way mandate testing. Tests are required by a variety of factors unrelated to standards; mostly legislative mandates and grant requirements.

    Changing the standards does not affect testing (aside from requiring new tests to be developed). If you want to affect the amount of testing, you'll need to take other actions (give back grant money, change state/federal laws).

  • sfhcolumbia Jul 23, 7:00 a.m.

    Here we go again!