Welcome to the "On The Road Report," a monthly glimpse of the images and activities of North Carolina's Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest as he travels our great State.
Dan Forest Raleigh Campaign Office is Open for Business:
We are thrilled to announce that our Raleigh campaign headquarters has been fully renovated and is open for business. We regularly have interns and staff working on various projects as we diligently lay out the ground game for 2016. The new office is located off of Hillsborough street in Raleigh. Come stop by if you're in the neighborhood.
Replace Common Core Bill Passes Both NC House & NC Senate:
Two weeks ago the North Carolina Senate passed “Replace Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with North Carolina’s Higher Academic Standards” (SB812) with a bipartisan vote of 33-12. Last week, the bill was passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives with a vote of 71-34. Speaker Tillis ordered the bill to be sent to Governor McCrory, where it was signed into law on July 22, 2014.
Knowing my opposition to Common Core, many of you have called or emailed asking for more details on this bill.
No bill is perfect, however, if this legislation is carried out properly, our state will move in the right direction.
Once law, this bill will formulate a commission of North Carolina parents, business leaders, educators, and curriculum experts, who will come together to create standards that reflect the needs, values, and demands of our state. They will do this while ensuring that the standards are both rigorous and age appropriate for our children.
As this bill moves forward, there will be some who think it does not go far enough. Maybe not, but let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
This bill creates a process by which the people of North Carolina can go line-by-line through the standards to decide what stays, what gets fixed, and what is thrown out. This level of ownership of the process did not exist with Common Core. It was forced upon us. The bill before the Governor now gives North Carolina the control to act to eliminate Common Core and put in place standards that we choose.
Under the old Administration, the General Assembly slipped Common Core into General Statute. This blurred the lines of authority between the State Board of Education and the General Assembly as to whom would be held accountable for Common Core. This bill removes the wording from General Statute. Now the line of authority is clear. It resides solely with the State Board of Education.
Now that the Replace Common Core bill was signed into law by Governor McCrory, appointments will be made by four entities as outlined in the legislation: The Office of the Governor—(1) appointment, The Office of President Pro Tempore of the Senate— (4) appointments, The Office of Speaker of the House— (4) appointments, Chairman of the State Board of Education— (2) appointments. When those people are appointed I will do my part to make sure the public knows who they are so that they may be held accountable by the people of North Carolina.
Likewise, once the commission makes their line-by-line standard review recommendations to the State Board of Education (of which I am a member), you need to hold the feet of the State Board members to the same fire.
This is a process. The battle is not over and there is more work to be done.
Let's work now to change those standards to something other than Common Core.
Education expert, Jamey Falkenbury, was interviewed on the KC O'Dea show about many of these changes and what to expect going forward. Be sure to listen to his answers here: https://soundcloud.com/danforestnc/jamey-falkenbury-kc-o-dea-interview-7-23-14
Images from around the State:
1: Dan spoke to a packed auditorium in DC at the annual Faith and Freedom event.
2: Primary Election Run-Off Day. Thanks to all who voted in the various run-off contests across the state, time to push hard towards the November General Election.
3: Under the homemade table at our new campaign office, Steven engraved "Run Forest Run" in the wood.
4: Dan and Senator Brent Jackson on the Jackson family farm.
Dan recently returned from England, where he headed up a North Carolina Department of Commerce delegation attending the famed Farnborough Air Show. This show is held annually but rotates between being held in Paris one year and Farnborough the next. It is truly the one time a year that the entire universe of aereonautics and aviation companies come together as an industry. Over four days, Dan and representatives of Commerce met one on one with nearly 20 private sector companies who either currently do business in North Carolina or are considering re-locating or expanding operations in our state. The state was well represented and many positive develops will materialize from the interaction between the delegation and the companies. Stay tuned as these projects develop as we will keep you posted.
Register Now for the Second Annual Dan Forest Raleigh & Charlotte Golf Tournaments:
There are two upcoming golf tournaments this fall being hosted in Raleigh and Charlotte, respectively. Registration is open. Please click on the links below to learn more information about each of these tournaments. If you still have questions, please email Heather Whillier at Heather@danforest.com or call her cell at 828-284-2858. Hope to see you there.
Second Annual Dan Forest Raleigh Golf Tournament, September 8th
Lonnie Poole Golf Course: 1509 Main Campus Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606
Second Annual Dan Forest Charlotte Golf Tournament, September 15th
Ballantyne Resort: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277
Announcing New Series-Dan Forest Profiles:
More images from around the State:
2: Kami Mueller, director of communications, pictured in front of the General Assembly building after giving a few children from her church a tour.
3: Image of the London Eye by Dan when he and Hal represented North Carolina at the London Aviation Farnborough Air Show.
4: Dan speaking to the ABC of the Carolina's at their 7th Annual Hard Hat Legislative Day.
5: Image from the road.
6: Dan and a portion of the Council of State at their monthly meeting.
7: Image taken by Dan during his London Air Show visit representing the North Carolina Aviation industry.
8: Bodie Wingler and his triplet daughters, Victoria, Alexandria, and Olivia, visited the Hawkins Hartness House after finishing up their service as Senate pages. This appears to be the first time in Senate history that triplets have served as pages for the Senate.
9: Image of the peppers growing outside in the Hawkins-Hartness garden this summer.
Common Core Education Seminar Coming Your Way:
Dan has tasked Jamey Falkenbury, his education policy advisor, with giving an overview of the problems we see with the Common Core State Standards. If your civic group would like to hear this seminar, email Jamey Falkenbury (Jfalkenbury@gmail.com) to schedule a time. The following are Jamey's upcoming speaking events:
Brunswick County GOP
Location: Republican Headquarters, Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia, NC
"THE COMMON CORE CHALLENGE"
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 111 Hampton Woods Ln, Cary, NC
Grassroots Training Tour Continued:
Dan has tasked Hal Weatherman with conducting an in-depth strategic overview of community and grassroots building across North Carolina. Make sure your county Republican organization is equipped and prepared by inviting Hal to come give this presentation. Email Rebekah Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule Hal. Following is a partial listing of Hal's upcoming presentations:
Craven County GOP
Montgomery County GOP
Location:215 West Main St., Troy, NC,27371
Transylvania County GOP
Clay County GOP
Location: Clay County Senior Center, 196 Ritter Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904
Brunswick County Republican Women
Location: Brunswick County Republican Party, 971 Old Ocean Hwy, Bolivia, NC 28422
Fayetteville Republican Women
Location:The Hilltop House, 1240 Ft Bragg Rd, Fayetteville, NC