North Carolina lawmakers propose dumping Common Core standards

Billl creates a new Academics Standards Review Commission and would go into effect July 1 if approved
April 24, 2014 9:48:48 AM PDT
A legislative committee voted Thursday to recommend to the full North Carolina General Assembly that it do away with Common Core standards for math and English in public schools.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was put together by educators and state leader across the country in an attempt to bottom line what students should know in Math and English at the end of each grade.

But the idea has proven controversial, with supporters saying national standards make sense, and detractors who say it will lead to a federal takeover of schools.

If the North Carolina bill recommended Thursday is approved in the upcoming legislative session, the bill would go into effect July 1.

To help come up with a new set of standards, the bill creates a new Academics Standards Review Commission. That commission would start meeting this September and would have till December 31st of 2015 to make final recommendations to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly.

In the interim, schools would continue to operate under existing Common Core standards that are already in place in North Carolina. 

But, under an amendment to the bill proposed by Republican Senator Jerry Tillman, the newly appointed commission would have the power to make immediate changes on "urgent" aspects of Common Core that they find particularly problematic.

In the end, the State Board of Education and the General Assembly would have the final say on what standards the state will adopt.