Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is the first to publicly announce his appointments to a legislative commission that will review and make recommendations for modifying the Common Core State Standards. Berger’s appointments include a retired math professor recommended by the John Locke Foundation and a Winston-Salem/Forsyth school board member who has a “self-guided education in curriculum standards.”
House Speaker Thom Tillis, Governor Pat McCrory, State Board of Education Chair Bill Cobey and Senator Berger each must make appointments to the Academic Standards Review Commission, which has the authority to recommend to the State Board of Education that they replace none, some, or all of the much-debated Common Core standards.
The review commission is required by law to meet before September 1, 2014 — although no meeting has been scheduled as of August 29.
Berger’s spokesperson, Shelly Carver, told N.C. Policy Watch that the Senate leader made his appointments on August 20. They are as follows:
- Ann Clark, deputy superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools
- Dr. Laurie McCollum, assistant principal, Western Rockingham Middle School
- Jeannie Metcalf, member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Board of Education
- Dr. John T. Scheick, retired math professor, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, The Ohio State University
Dr. Scheick, a retired math professor who lives in North Raleigh, told N.C. Policy Watch by phone that he became interested in the Common Core standards just a few weeks ago, when he read an August 5 Wall Street Journal article by a UC-Berkeley mathematician who skewered the math standards.