Sen. Jerry Tillman and other lawmakers seeking to eliminate Common Core State Standards are facing growing opposition from North Carolina’s business community. The State Chamber of Commerce released a statement Friday suggesting repealing the Common Core as early as July 1st would be such a step backwards that it could adversely impact the hiring of future workers.
“Ultimately the decision we are making is whether we want to grow our talent locally or hire it from out of state. North Carolina employers would prefer to hire locally,”said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber.
Here’s more from the organization’s press release:
‘The North Carolina Chamber, the state’s largest, broad-based business advocacy organization with 35,000 members who employ 1.26 million workers in North Carolina, opposes the legislation proposed today by the Legislative Research Commission Joint Study Committee on Common Core State Standards due to the uncertainty created by Section Three of the proposal. This section states that the Common Core State Standards would be repealed as of July 1, 2014, putting us back at standards that are not acceptable to the business community. Where does this leave the workforce of tomorrow?
“Speaking on behalf of job creators, I can say with good authority that North Carolina’s current standards are, in fact, a positive step toward preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber. “Ultimately the decision we are making is whether we want to grow our talent locally or hire it from out of state. North Carolina employers would prefer to hire locally.”
To secure our state’s future as a leader in the modern economy, North Carolina must prepare our children to succeed not only in the classroom, but in any community to which they choose to live. Today’s proposal is not only a step backward for our classrooms but it is a step backward for our manufacturing floors to the research labs and garages where the next big ideas are being born. North Carolina must remain committed to high levels of learning that prepare each student with critical thinking and problem solving skills for the workplaces of tomorrow.’
For more on the proposal to replace the Common Core, read reporter Lindsay Wagner’s story from Thursday: Lawmakers propose ridding North Carolina of the Common Core, replacing with home grown standards.