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NC Chamber rejects legislative proposal to ditch Common Core

Sen. Jerry Tillman and other lawmakers seeking to eliminate Common Core State Standards are facing growing opposition from North Carolina’s Tillman-and-Ebertbusiness 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 This section states that the Common Core State Standards would be repealed as of July 1, 2014, putting us back at standards that are not acceptable to the business community.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.

2 Comments

  1. Susan Columbia

    April 26, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I think that Common Core is essentially a great framework of learning standards.
    I believe that those standards need to be more defined in some instances, and the scope narrowed and focused(especially in reading). Math is an area where I would like to have more resources and teaching suggestions for activities. As it is now, we are constantly searching and creating our own materials. We are provided with a few examples, and then we must make our own set of problems to teach with and create student independent work. This is very time consuming, and all of this planning is done at home on our own time. While I do enjoy that aspect some, it is very time consuming and I worry about the lack of uniformity from school to school.

  2. Brutus

    April 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Of course common core has some good aspects. It is the big picture that scares me. Why are 3 of the 5 “21st century pillars” of K-12 common core “diversity, environment, and globalization?” These sound like progressive’s talking points….what a coincidence! The ‘founding father’ of common core, Marc Tucker, has made plain that the ultimate purpose is to nationalize education. (1994 in the congressional record known as the “Hillary letter” and again in 2013 even more explicitly)

    Common Core has MANY purposes. Dont be fooled. Politicians created common core and made its PRIMARY purpose to advance a political agenda. Progressives believe that this is best for our kids and that the ends justify the means. The problem is they are wrong and in the meantime are destroying our country.