State legislators organized a commission to review public school curriculum standards and make a recommendation to the state Board of Education and General Assembly. This was seen by many Common Core opponents — like state senator Jerry Tillman — as a great way to introduce as much public input as possible and ensure ownership of what gets taught in our state’s schools.
Blinkin’ Chris — over at Jim Goodmon’s NCPolicyWatch — is beside himself with glee:
A North Carolina commission tasked with reviewing and replacing the Common Core State Standards met for the first time on Monday to determine first steps and elect two co-chairs, one being McCrory-appointed IBM executive Andre Peek, who declared himself a supporter of Common Core after the meeting.
“I am a supporter of Common Core, and I have been since its inception,” Peek told N.C. Policy Watch. “I do realize it’s [Common Core] a divisive issue for our state, though. But I don’t know the details of why…so through the efforts of this commission we’ll get to the facts…and how to change it to be more effective for our state.”
Peek added that he believed any changes made to the state’s academic standards will be based on fact and not just a feeling of “we don’t like it.” […]
*Nice.* We’re starting to see more of what my conservative pals in Charlotte warned me about early on in Gov. Pat’s statewide run. He’ll attach that R with pride next to his name, and won’t hesitate to throw all of the other Rs under the bus.
[…] “Now the intent of the legislature was to take Common Core off the books, to replace it, and repeal it,” warned Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Asheboro), a key proponent of repealing the Common Core standards who joined the review commission at its start. “Now that’s what the bill says…if we didn’t want something done different, we wouldn’t need you all in this room today.” […]
Conservatism has worked so well for the Republican Party. Now, for some inexplicable reason, we’re running away from it as fast as we can.