Since yesterday’s passage of legislation to review North Carolina’s academic standards, many local media outlets have had misleading and inaccurate headlines, portraying this as an abrupt repeal of the standards (WRAL, WNCN). The Washington Post got it right in their article “Amid Common Core debate, North Carolina opts to tweak, not abandon, standards.” I was able to talk with The Washington Post and make it clear that this is not a repeal of the Common Core standards, but an opportunity to provide even higher standards that may use elements of the Common Core, in part or full, as a basis for future standards.
As I shared with you yesterday, this measure brings greater predictability and certainty by keeping the current higher standards in place while the standards are reviewed. With this compromise, our state remains committed to quality education for all and the preparation of a world-class workforce, which is critical to the future of North Carolina’s economic viability and to the promise of future innovation. Maintaining high standards for our students is not only an investment in their futures but an investment in North Carolina as well.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber