RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory signed into law Tuesday a bill that requires a review of North Carolina's Common Core standards and allows for the potential repeal of those standards.
The new law has invoked questions among many North Carolinians as to what the specific text of the law means for children's education and the future of education tax dollars.
In 2012, when Common Core was being implemented, the Department of Public Instruction spent $66 million in preparing 100,000 teachers to teach with Common Core standards. According to CBS station WRAL in Raleigh, that amount of money is considered "above normal training costs" and was covered by a federal grant.
Senate Bill 812, signed into law Tuesday, requires a "comprehensive review," not an official repeal" that the earlier House version of the bill called for.
Section 1(a) outlines the objective of the view. It reads:
"The State Board of Education shall:
(1) Continue to exercise its authority under the North Carolina Constitution and
G.S. 115C-12(9c) to adopt academic standards for the public schools.
(2) Conduct a comprehensive review of all English Language Arts and
Mathematics standards adopted under G.S. 115C-12(9c) and propose
modifications to ensure that those standards meet all of the following
a. Increase students' level of academic achievement.
b. Meet and reflect North Carolina's priorities.
c. Are age-level and developmentally appropriate.
d. Are understandable to parents and teachers.
e. Are among the highest standards in the nation"
Section 2(a) establishes the Academic Standards Review Commission, which will make recommendations to the state Board of Education. Section 2(b) specifies the Commission will be comprised of 11 members--four appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, four appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, two members of the State Board of Education and one member appointed by the Governor.
The law specifies the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House "shall consider, but [are] not limited to:
"...appointing representatives from the following groups in these appointments: parents of
students enrolled in the public schools; Mathematics and English Language
Arts teachers; Mathematics and English Language Arts curriculum experts;
school leadership to include principals and superintendents; members of the
business community; and members of the postsecondary education
community who are qualified to assure the alignment of standards to career
and college readiness."
Under the law, Common Core standards will remain in place until new standards are determined.