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Senate balks at House plan for Common Core

Posted June 25

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— House and Senate leaders remain divided on how to approach drafting new academic standards for North Carolina public schools.

The House essentially told the Senate on Tuesday to stuff its plan to replace the national Common Core standards, and the Senate responded Wednesday by unanimously sending the issue to a conference committee to hash out their differences.

"We've got some mechanic work to do on this automobile," said Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph.

Both chambers want a new commission to study academic standards nationwide and choose the best set for North Carolina schools. The Senate is open to adopting some elements of Common Core in the new standards, while the House wants to block the commission from even considering Common Core as the new guidelines are drafted.

House members are so adamant in their stance that they took the Senate bill, stripped out its language, reinserted their own and sent it back to the Senate.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Chamber have expressed reservations about both repeal plans, saying standards are needed, but they prefer the Senate plan.

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  • krimson Jun 27, 1:23 a.m.

    This is the best illustration of the main problem with education in the United States. People... View More

    — Posted by tracmister

    Sen. Tillman has his Masters Degree in Education and was a school administrator before being... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    That said, I agree with you that "as politics drives education, our children will suffer".

  • krimson Jun 26, 12:39 p.m.

    This is the best illustration of the main problem with education in the United States. People... View More

    — Posted by tracmister

    Sen. Tillman has his Masters Degree in Education and was a school administrator before being elected to the State Senate...

  • tracmister Jun 26, 10:04 a.m.

    This is the best illustration of the main problem with education in the United States. People like Jerry Tillman, who has demonstrated time and again that he knows little about educating children, is attempting to make the decisions to educate children. As long as politics drives education, our children will suffer.

  • krimson Jun 26, 9:38 a.m.

    Common Core is nothing more than a federal grab for power over education.

    — Posted by Danny22

    No, this is a power-grab by the State GOP-led GA. They want to take power away from the People and their elected Supervisor of Public Instruction and replace it with a panel of Political Appointees.

  • krimson Jun 26, 9:35 a.m.

    Hey look! The GOP is fighting is fighting over how to best to dumb down NC kids!

  • Bealzebub Jun 25, 8:41 p.m.

    "What qualifications do these folks have which should allow them to determine the best path for educating our children? Many of the problems with education in NC are a result of having educational decisions made by people who know nothing about education."
    Kind of like a person who speaks of "educational" decisions rather than education decisions.

  • iopsyc Jun 25, 7:06 p.m.

    Common Core is nothing more than a federal grab for power over education.

    — Posted by Danny22

    Why then was it developed without the input of the Department of Education?

  • justabumer Jun 25, 5:39 p.m.

    What qualifications do these folks have which should allow them to determine the best path for educating our children? Many of the problems with education in NC are a result of having educational decisions made by people who know nothing about education.

  • Wiser_now Jun 25, 5:33 p.m.

    WHY do people have to complicate things. Teach the kids reading and simple math. Test them and if they don't get it the first time - teach them again. Stop looking for the single "fix" that will work for all kids.

  • Confucius say Jun 25, 4:32 p.m.

    How is this a partisan issue?