NC House votes to replace Common Core

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Common Core curriculum standards that dictate what’s taught in grade school classrooms across much of the United States are on their way out in North Carolina.

The North Carolina House approved a compromise bill, 71-34, Wednesday to rewrite the statewide curriculum to better tailor it for students in the state.

The bill repeals Common Core for the state’s K-12 standards and directs the State Board of Education to come up with new ones.

A new standards advisory commission would be formed to make recommendations to the board.

Common Core, which schools began testing two years ago, would remain in place until the new standards are completed.

The curriculum standards were approved by more than 40 states. But North Carolina, along with a few other states, received complaints from teachers, parents and conservative advocates that the standards are causing confusion and leading to the use of curriculum that is age-inappropriate.

The bill will now go to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

Ann Petitjean is a first grade teacher and President of the Forsyth County Association of Educators.

“We’re not surprised. We’ve been expecting it for months,” she said of the vote. “We, of course, have concerns about what’s next for our educators. I’m not sure teachers need one more thing to worry about at this point in time in their careers. Having to adjust again to a whole new set of standards will be difficult.”

Petitjean said Common Core was a tough transition for teachers, parents and students as they adjusted to new teaching methods. The implementation started two years ago.

“We spent thousands of dollars training our teachers to implement common core. Teachers have adjusted. It’s been two years now that we’ve been doing it, and we still think there’s issues but there’s issues with every set of standards,” she added.

The bill allows flexibility for the state to keep parts of Common Core they find successful but also write new standards.

“If we need to tweak them so they’re [better for] North Carolina that’s fine. But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater or the bathwater with the baby and make sure we’re using what’s good, keeping what’s good, and changing what we need to change,” concluded Petitjean.

She also said she hopes teachers are consulted while the new standards are written, an element she said was missing when Common Core was implemented.

“Standards don’t tell us what to teach. They tell us how to teach,” she pointed out, saying school districts still control the specific content of curriculum. “Parents need to stay involved with what they want to see taught in their classrooms and schools.”

WTVD contributed to this report. 

10 comments

  • Amanda Wiles

    It should also be noted that it is not only the voices of the republicans but also from democrats. This is a top-down, one size fits all education that all political parties can see is not working. Republicans, democrats, conservatives, and liberals are opposed to these standards. It is time we quit making everything political and do what is best for our children. Although the views of all political parties vary as to why the standards are not fit for our children, the consensus is the same,

    • GC

      Amanda, I appreciate your concern as well as your cynicism regarding the adoption and implementation of “yet another top-down” educational mandate. Certainly the unfunded mandate of the Bush II administration did not work, and people are even more wary of a new federal program to be imposed upon state and local school districts.
      Nevertheless, there are many in industry and legislators from across all political parties who are supportive of Common Core. Please check out the attached video link to find out who is supportive…you might be surprised. http://www.businessforcore.org/5-common-core-supporters-hear/

  • Chucky

    It’s long past time that teachers be allowed to teach students based on their needs, not what the federal government things they should be taught. There are a lot of things that students don’t learn these days because they are being taught how to pass the ‘end of grade tests’. They should know how to read, write, construct sentences and spell better than texting requires. They should be able write cursive (legibly), they should be able to tell time and do math without a calculator or computer. Sometimes a return to basics is just fundamentally better.

  • Bo Diddley

    All the while teachers are crying about their lack of tenure…. Give everybody vouchers and let’s privatize these uneducational centers

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