Today @NCCapitol (6/3): House begins work on Common Core repeal, budget bills

Posted June 3, 2014

Protesters with the Moral Monday movement walk outside the Capitol building in downtown Raleigh on Monday, June 2.

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCaptiol for Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government. 

THE SENATE: There are no state Senate committee meetings or floor sessions. 

COUNCIL OF STATE: The 10-member Council of State, made up of Gov. Pat McCrory and the nine other statewide elected officials, will meet at 9 a.m. to consider an agenda that mainly consists of property-related maters. 

THE GOVERNOR: McCrory is scheduled to speak to the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas' construction conference at 1 p.m. in Durham. 

State budget Senate approves $21.1B spending plan THE BUDGET: The six state House budget subcommittees will begin sifting through the governor's budget and the state Senate's budget proposal during 8:30 a.m. meetings. 

"The prospects for a very fast budget is less than they were a week ago," said Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, the speaker pro tem of the state House. Both Senate and House leaders have been projecting a quick resolution to the budget and the legislative session. 

But the Senate's budget has been quite different from what many people expected and drew criticism from McCrory. 

Asked why, specifically, he thought the chances for a quick budget were diminished, Stam said, "Well, you know, when you break all the eggs in the omelet..." trailing off with a chuckle, leaving a trio of reporters to piece together the metaphor. We're pretty sure the inference was something about unscrambling the Senate budget. 

Classroom Lawmakers propose dumping Common Core standards in NC HOUSE EDUCATION: The House Education Committee will hear a bill that could lead to North Carolina developing new standards to replace Common Core. The legislation stems from a interim study committee that suggested the national standards might not serve students well{{/a}}. Lawmakers are likely to tread carefully with the measure to ensure it does not endanger millions of dollars in Race to the Top funding. 

The same committee is also scheduled to hear a Senate bill that asserts students have a right to pray in school under certain circumstances. will carry this meeting live at 10 a.m. Check the Video Central box on the homepage. 

OTHER MEETINGS AND PRESSERS: The General Assembly publishes a daily list of committee meetings daily. Here's what @NCCapitol will be following Tuesday: 

House Transportation (noon | 643 LOB): There are more than a dozen bills on the calendar, including one that repeals a requirement that DOT report annually on the number of crashes involving right turns on red. 

House Agriculture (1 p.m. | 643 LOB): The committee will discuss legislation to provide funding for the North Carolina State University Plant Sciences Research Initiative.

AARP news conference (1 p.m. | Press Conference Room): News conference will discuss cuts to Medicaid and home care funding. 

House floor session (3 p.m. | House Chamber): The House has 16 items on its agenda, including a bill design to discourage patent trolls from suing North Carolina companies. 

Moral Monday protester arrests 'Moral Monday' protesters cited, released for sit-in at McCrory's office MORAL MONDAYS: Protesters returned to the General Assembly Monday, even though most lawmakers had left the legislative building by the time protests got rolling. Protesters, who were speaking out against environmental and health care bills passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, found the front doors locked when they tried to deliver notes to the Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

However, a cadre of 11 protesters who tried to sit in at McCrory's office at the historic Capitol were cited for trespassing and released by State Capitol Police. 

Carney debates 052914 Fact Check: Does 'fracking' bill break a promise? FRACK CHECK: Did lawmakers go back on a promise when they passed this year's "fracking" bill. Opponents said lawmakers have been denied a chance to give final approval to rules written to govern the natural gas drilling process. We checked the video tape and have hauled out our U-turn sign. 

POLLED: The Republican majority in the state Senate recently passed a budget that tied increasing K-12 teacher salaries to surrendering tenure rights. Groups on the left and the right of the political spectrum both released polling data suggesting their preferred policy position was supported by majorities of North Carolinians.

Is ideology influencing polling about teacher pay? Our Margin of Error blogger writes that the polling may be sound, but the conclusions drawn from it have not been in a pair of recent cases.

VETERANS: The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs on Monday established a “Vet Tip Hotline” for veterans and federal employees to confidentially report alleged misconduct at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities

LAB: Operations at North Carolina's state crime lab have been accredited by a second agency under stringent international standards.

MUGS: A provision in the Senate budget bill passed last week would create restrictions for online jail mug shots and ban companies from charging people to take them down, reports the Associated Press Slipped into the $21.2 billion budget, the measure is aimed at companies that profit by posting the mug shots online. It's one of several provisions in the 275-page budget that does not appear to be directly related to government spending. Critics have lamented so-called "special provisions" in previous budgets, saying they should be considered separately.

CANNON: Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal corruption charge.

TAXES: When the General Assembly abolished business privilege license taxes last week, it started the clock on a budget problem for cities in 2015. It also ignited an argument on the Greensboro City Council as to how the city will make up the $3.2 million in revenue it stands to lose.


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  • Lee Bennett Jun 3, 2014
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    Standards for teaching math and English are "liberal garbage"?


  • recontwice Jun 3, 2014

    Budget and Cpmmpn Core on the same agenda gives them a chance for the daily double in dumbing down the public and messing over the poor and middle class in 1 day!1

  • Greg Boop Jun 3, 2014
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    I will admit that Common Core has some issues. Similar to any set of standards it includes both the good and bad. One of the primary problems with Common Core in my opinion is its approach to math. I believe the standards will need to be amended over time and improved. But totally repealing Common Core is not the way to go.

  • Ears to the Ground Jun 3, 2014

    Many people posting seems to be confused about common core and what it means. Common core should not be confused with curriculum. It is just a set of nationwide standards that says no matter where you live in the country you should now at least this much by this age. The only reason for getting ride of common core is to lower the bar that is used to evaluate whether or not student are learning at the rate they should be learning. It is a minimum, teachers and teach more than just common core and it does not include any subject matter which is controversial, unless you consider reading and doing basic math controversial.

  • Terry Watts Jun 3, 2014
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    Want to talk about 5th grade math??? I'd be happy to go over any of these concepts with you:

  • Terry Watts Jun 3, 2014
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    Only in your world does Math have a liberal slant...

    Again, welcome to North Absurdia...

  • icdmbpppl Jun 3, 2014

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    Krimson, I would like to sit down with you and June Atkinson with a fifth grade math problem, using the common core principles and watch you solve it. It would be hilarious, I'm sure.

  • Thomas Hannan Jun 3, 2014
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    DANNY22 - "The feds should not have power over education. Period."

    And how do you ensure that children in every state learn the same basic information? We are a highly mobile culture - employers will expect that if you have moved from another state that they can assume that you have a core knowledge. And, the children in those families need to be able to step into any school and not be behind the rest of the class. Your attitude is provincial and not in keeping with the reality of our culture.

  • Thomas Hannan Jun 3, 2014
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    DCSHADOWS - "Please research how disgusting CC is not only to our parental rights with our children in the long term but to society as a whole. It will turn us into the Chinese education process which has a factory style output. CC is a governmental intrusion into our privacy, and will chip away at our control we are barely hanging onto now over our kids. Please LEGISLATURE - Spine Up and repeal this unethical treatment of children."

    WOW!!! Absolutely nothing you wrote is true or even makes sense. What is invading your privacy? What is unethical? What in the world are you talking about?

  • Terry Watts Jun 3, 2014
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    The failure of parents to comprehend elementary school math isn't the fault of Common Core.