Common Core replacement experts – This afternoon the North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) will hear testimony of three educators experts as the commission continues to develop a plan for replacing the Common Core State Standards.
On tap at today’s meeting is Common Core Validation Committee members, Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, and Dr. Kevin Perks, a Senior Program Research Associate with Learning Innovations, WestED.
Dr. Stotsky and Dr. Milgram, both Common Core critics, will speak to the Commission about the various aspects of the Common Core Math and English Language Arts standards. Dr. Kevin Perks will address methods for effective implementation of standards to achieve desired outcomes.
The meeting will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the State Board of Education Meeting Room in downtown Raleigh.
Can’t make it? That’s okay. Policy Watch education reporter Lindsay Wagner (@LindsayWagnerNC ) will be covering the meeting and will have more here on the Progressive Pulse.
Latest hearing on offshore oil and gas exploration – If you live along the coast, you’ll want to pay special attention to this afternoon’s public meeting in Kill Devil Hills with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The BOEM will be discussing their proposal for offshore oil and gas leasing. Supporters say offshore drilling will create energy independence and new jobs. Folks who make their living off the pristine beaches and clean water worry about the disastrous effects of a spill.
Today’s meeting runs from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.
Fracking Permits – Just hours before that state could begin issuing its first fracking permits, the state Senate is expected to give final approval this evening to a bill that contains a controversial gas drilling air quality provision.
Essentially the provision would allow the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to opt out of drafting certain rules that address the air emissions from fracking operations.
Environmentalists say pro-fracking lawmakers are backing away from their promise in 2012 to have the strongest rules on the books before permits were issued. You can read Rob Schofield’s take on House Bill 157 here.
Introduction of the Healthy Food Small Retailer Act – On a more positive note, a bi-partisan group of legislators will introduce the Healthy Food Small Retailer Act on Tuesday, which is intended to improve the availability, affordability and accessibility of healthy foods at food retailers within areas of poor food access.
So, why does this matter? Well, North Carolina has over 349 food deserts across 80 counties, impacting 1.5 million North Carolina residents. Limited food access and insecurity adversely impact diet and health and is one of the causes of the state’s high rate of obesity.
Tuesday’s news conference led by Rep. Yvonne Holley and Senator Don Davis will be held at 10:30am in the Press Room of the Legislative Building.
Action NC, MomsRising, the NC Budget and Tax Center and RESULTS will co-sponsor a great (and free) event Thursday evening entitled “Putting Working Families First: Building a Fair Tax Policy for All.”
The event will be held in Durham at Full Frame Theater (318 Blackwell Street) from 6-7:30pm and will feature a short film and discussion about poverty and the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as three video stories of amazing women for whom the EITC has helped contribute to their financial stability.