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. 

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