The state commission charged with reviewing and replacing the Common Core State Standards seems to be losing some of its momentum. Meeting for the third time since their appointment, commission members acknowledged Monday that without a dedicated budget it would be near impossible to bring in experts and accurately assess what benchmarks students should master.
The Raleigh News & Observer noted the frustration of Governor McCrory’s own appointment to the Academic Standards Review Commission:
“We are running out of time,” said Co-Chairman Andre Peek, an IBM executive from Raleigh. “This needs to be solved soon. We need money to bring in professionals.”
And as WUNC’s Reema Khrias reports, Peek’s not the only one annoyed by the current state of affairs:
“The lack of funding sort of communicates – to me – that there are very low expectations from this commission. If we can’t get some funding, most of the changes we’ll be recommending will be anecdotal,” said Tammy Covil, a New Hanover County school board member.
Sen. Jerry Tillman, a key proponent of repealing the Common Core standards, plans to meet with top legislative leaders in the coming weeks to try to line-up resources for the panel.
The Academic Standards Review Commission holds its final meeting of the year on December 15th.
Click here to read the legislation that calls on North Carolina to replace Common Core and establish its own robust standards that must be “age-level and developmentally appropriate.”