Jamey Falkenbury has been traveling around the state giving a factual and informative presentation on the dangers and issues surrounding Common Core State Standards and how they have impacted North Carolina. This week, Jamey makes another stop in Rockingham County. Read more about his visit and the content of his presentation by clicking the image below.
House Bill 1061 was officially filed in the General Assembly. If you will recall, this is the bill stemming from the Legislative Research Committee on Common Core’s recommendation to regain local control of our North Carolina standards.
House Bill 1061 "Replace Common Core to Meet NC's Needs":
- This bill removes Common Core State Standards from General Statute. In doing this, the State Board of Education has clear and sole authority over the direction and content of North Carolina education standards.
- HB 1061 keeps the federal government and unaccountable national organizations from meddling with the educational standards that are, by Constitution, the sole authority of North Carolina.
- This bill creates a committee that will go through the standards line-by-line. They will remove that which is developmentally inappropriate, fix the gaps that fail to help our students graduate STEM ready, and then creates our own NC standards.
- "Replace Common Core to Meet NC's Needs" puts local control of education back into the hands of North Carolina, where it belongs.
I encourage every concerned North Carolinian to contact their General Assembly member and encourage them to pass this legislation during the short session. You can find out your elected officials information by clicking the link below.
This legislation is the first step for our state to have the highest, most rigorous standards in the nation, that are developmentally appropriate for our students and reflect the needs and demands of our changing economy.
Dan Forest Issues Statement in Support of Legislative Action to Replace Common Core Standards in North Carolina
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest Issues Statement in Support of Legislative Action to
Replace Common Core Standards in North Carolina
Raleigh, NC - Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, responding to legislative action to replace Common Core State Standards in North Carolina, issued the following statement:
“Today is a great day for education in North Carolina. The General Assembly listened to the voices of thousands of parents, teachers, administrators and concerned citizens about the issues with Common Core. I would like to thank the Senators and Representatives who had the courage to do what is right for our children and our state in the face of opposition. This legislative action allows North Carolina to develop its own rigorous standards, created by its own teachers, school administrators, business leaders and parents.” - Lt. Governor Dan Forest (Audio Statement by Lt. Governor Dan Forest can be found here.)
Today, the legislation was introduced by the Legislative Research Commission on Common Core State Standards that will do the following if signed into law:
• Common Core will be removed from existing General Statute, allowing the State Board of Education to replace it with standards developed in North Carolina.
• North Carolina will remove the copyright restrictions that prevent the state from changing or replacing the standards. If signed into law, our standards will officially become the “North Carolina Standard Course of Study.”
• An Academic Standards Review Commission will be created to review standards and recommend changes for English and Math. This Commission will consist of North Carolina parents, teachers, curriculum experts and elected officials.
• The Commission will receive direct public input from North Carolinians about changes to standards.
• The legislation will allow the Commission to make necessary, immediate recommendations to the State Board of Education throughout the two-year review process. This will allow our state to correct any major areas of concern that North Carolinians have with the current standards.
For more information contact Kami Mueller at email@example.com or 765-215-1334.
See a transcript of Dan Forest's testimony to the NCGA LRC Study Committee on Common Core State Standards: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208244183/Lt-Governor-Dan-Forest-s-Testimony-at-the-North-Carolina-LRC-Common-Core-State-Standards-Study-Committee