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Editorial: Common Core “repeal” likely symbolic

Common Core picAn editorial in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record offers some important insights on the legislation — soon to be law — that “repeals” North Carolina’s adherence to Common Core education standards (i.e. the standards we’ve already spent tens of millions of dollars on to implement).

The movement led by some Republicans to withdraw North Carolina from the national academic standards was prompted by an irrational fear of a “federal takeover” of education.

Common Core was no such thing. Initiated by the bipartisan National Governors Association, the movement recognized a need for all American students to follow similar academic guidelines. When it was embraced by the Obama administration, however, opposition intensified.

Yet, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory supported Common Core. So did the N.C. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. They recognized the necessity of aligning North Carolina curricula with those used in other states.

Partisan politics and distrust of President Obama won out. The legislature Wednesday approved a bill that will replace Common Core with yet-to-be-written North Carolina standards. McCrory will sign it. But he knows its secret: At its core, there may not be much difference.

Despite use of Tea Party-type rhetoric in the bill, the end result could be something that closely resembles Common Core — which apparently would be OK as long as it’s not called that….

North Carolina can call these standards whatever it wants as long as our students keep up.

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

3 Comments

  1. david esmay

    July 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Is it possible to have a non-symbolic repeal of Jerry Tillman?

  2. Pertains!

    July 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

    The haters cannot see the forest for the trees.
    Even though this was written by a bipartisan group a positive comment or head nod from the White House means it must be destroyed.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    July 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What’s that? A meaningless name change to appease the rubes? Thank goodness the clown show in Raleigh is on the case to clarify our brand!