House Votes to Review Common Core; Bill Heads to Governor


The North Carolina House of Representatives voted Wednesday to review the state's kindergarten through 12th grade Common Core standards. The bill now heads to Governor Pat McCrory's desk for his signature.

Senate Bill 812 received final approval by the Senate last week. If signed into law, the bill would mean the State Board of Education can review Common Core educational standard and propose changes.

That said, any new standards the commission recommends would have to be approved by the state Board of Education. The bill stipulates Common Core standards would remain in place until new standards are approved.

An earlier version of the House bill would have killed Common Core all together. The Senate voted 33 to 12 to approve a compromise bill last week.

The Guilford County president of the Association of Educators said that's exactly what the roughly 2,000 teachers she represents have wanted since the implementation of the curriculum.

"Our biggest mistake is implementing all the standards, all at once. Instead of giving time for a smoother roll out, maybe grade by grade, maybe grade set by grade set, but throwing all those out all at once was very difficult not only on the teachers but the students," Elizabeth Foster said.

Foster explained that when Common Core was implemented two years ago, teachers had very little preparation and "didn't get money" for instructional supplies.

She said it caused a lot of headaches, but teachers generally still support it because Common Core is about higher standards for students.

The Assistant Principal at Ben L. Smith High School, Sheila Lea, said the compromise bill is good news, and now educators just have to wait and see what the changes might look like.

"Everybody who is doing it right now with curriculum design and instructions they need to know, what is to be taught. And we all need to know what is to be tested. What will it look like," Lea said.

"I think there needs to be a strong look at how we're testing students, how much we're testing students and whether or not the testing is appropriate. I certainly don't feel like a kindergartner should be tested out the wazoo. It's just too much. It hurts kids. It hurts all children," Foster added.

Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the passage of Senate Bill 812: "I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina's education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students."

The North Carolina Chamber released this statement about the decision: "Today, North Carolina confirmed its commitment to high levels of learning that prepare each student with critical thinking and problem solving skills for the workplaces of tomorrow," said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber. "This is a significant step toward a reasonable approach to make standards higher and our top priority is pushing for the absolute best academic standards for the state. North Carolina will move forward with implementing higher standards in classrooms, preserving the hard work of our teachers and students who have been implementing these higher standards in their classrooms for more than three years."

Missouri's democratic governor Jay Nixon approved similar legislation Wednesday, in which the state will keep the Common Core standards, but only until new standards are approved.

Also Wednesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the Oklahoma legislature's decision to repeal Common Core standards.


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