City schools chief says it will take time to see impact of legislative move

Last updated: July 18. 2014 5:03PM - 599 Views
By Chase Jordan cjordan@civitasmedia.com

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Gov. Pat McCrory plans to sign a bill which would eliminate the Common Core standards across the state, and local school officials are waiting now to see what’s next.

“In education, we are constantly receiving standards to make sure we meet the needs of students,” Clinton City Schools Superintendent Stuart Blount said Friday.

A compromise bill was approved by the House Wednesday, by a 71-34 decision. Both the Senate and House had ideas and rival bills for education in the state.

The national Common Core was developed by officials from the majority of states, but some parents, teachers and legislators have an issue with it. One of the concerns includes a notion that the curriculum is inappropriate for students.

The compromise will allow the state to use some of the material from the controversial education plan. But the bill revokes Common Core for the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade standards and requires the State Board of Education to come up with new ones.

An advisory commission will be formed to make recommendations and includes members elected by legislators, board members and McCrory.

“It’s not definite what the new thing is going to be,” Blount said. “It’s going to take some time before we know who’s going to be responsible.”

He said the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will work with educators about the requirements.

Blount said the current Common Core Standards will remain in place for the upcoming school year and will remain until the new ones are developed.

“Our teachers have done a phenomenal job with the delivery of instruction,” Blount said of the work that has been done toward the implementation of Common Core. “There’s been quite a bit of investment and time to make sure the delivery to our students is top notch.”

Dr. Mark Duckworth, assistant superintendent for Clinton City Schools, agreed.

“It’s not going to affect the way we do business this year,” Duckworth said. “We will carry on with what we’re currently doing this year. As soon as the DPI has given it change in direction, they’ll pass it along to us explore.”

After the bill was passed Wednesday, McCrory released a statement about the decision.

Sampson County Schools superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy did not immediately return phone calls about the Common Core issue.

McCrory said earlier this week he supported the House’s move.

“I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards,” McCrory said in a statement.“It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students.”

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