Common Core’s future in NC uncertain after stunning commission meeting

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A commission created to find alternatives to Common Core in North Carolina delivered a bombshell on Friday.

The Academics Standards Review Commission, in particular on changes in math, did away with major revisions it had discussed, leading to questions of what happens next.

“I’m incredulous that they didn’t vote on this,” said Kim Fink, who opposes Common Core. “Incredulous.”

Those who serve on the board were tasked with making recommendations that could lead to major changes to the way North Carolina children learn. After more than a year’s worth of work, Friday was the day they were approving those changes.
“All you need is a good curriculum and the teachers will move very swiftly into it,” said Elizabeth Berg, a grandparent who opposes Common Core.

“It’s not been proven to be any better than what Common Core has to offer,” said Amanda Garrison, a Burke County teacher. “ I am a Common core advocate so I will say that I am against changing our standards for K-8.”

The Republican-led General Assembly has made it clear it want the state to move away from Common Core. The General Assembly charged the commission with recommending new standards.

“I think we have fallen short,” said co-chair Tammy Covil.

The commission is recommending revising English-language arts standards, with more age-appropriate curriculum.
But the big change is what commissioners didn’t approve – voting against changes on math in its draft proposal.Those changes would have said North Carolina should adopt K-8 standards that mirror those of Minnesota.

Those changes would have said North Carolina should adopt K-8 standards that mirror those of Minnesota.

In high school, the recommendation would have been to go back to two algebra courses and one geometry course.

But those ideas were voted down.“We heard from a lot of teachers,” Covil said. “We heard from a lot of classroom teachers, people in the field, problems that the students were having and I think those people have been ignored.”

“We heard from a lot of teachers,” Covil said. “We heard from a lot of classroom teachers, people in the field, problems that the students were having and I think those people have been ignored.”

June Atkinson, the state schools superintendent, said making any changes will take time.

“I don’t think that the General Assembly would want the State Board of Education to jump into a new set of standards without having deliberation,” Atkinson said.

That includes training teachers.

The next step is these recommendations will go to the State Board of Education, and it may be there that we see some specific policy recommendations.

It also requires legislative approval.

Prior to Friday’s meeting…lawmakers were hoping to see a new education system in the next year or two.

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