Is Senator Jerry Tillman truly the man of compromise that he says he is when it comes to the Common Core standards?
State lawmakers are coming close to passing legislation that would aim to repeal the Common Core standards, although the language in the bill currently would allow for a review commission to recommend keeping parts of the Common Core standards in place, if they so choose.
Sen. Tillman was behind the softer language (the House version doesn’t allow for Common Core to remain), saying last week that the Common Core has “some good and rigorous standards, and I’m sure that we will adopt some of them,” Tillman said. Tillman has also said publicly that he has rallied pro-Common Core stakeholders around his version of the bill, including the NC Chamber and State Superintendent June Atkinson.
But at a May news conference about Common Core at Phoenix Academy, where Tillman was flanked by Lt. Governor Dan Forest and State Board of Education member Buddy Collins, Tillman’s vehement opposition to the Common Core was made very clear in a lengthy speech he gave. (Head over the jump for video highlights)