Advocates for parental and local control of public education scored a major victory earlier today when the Legislative Research Committee on Common Core Standards completed its report for the General Assembly.
The report included recommendations as well as proposed legislation that — if approved — would effectively remove Common Core Standards from North Carolina Public Schools. Among other things, the legislation calls for the establishment of a Standards and Accountability Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the academic standards for English Language Arts and mathematics.
The Commission will be comprised of 17 members and is required to make its recommendations by December 31st, 2015.
Of course, there is much that still needs to be done. But this is a good first step toward righting a major educational problem and ensuring North Carolina controls not only how its schools are administered, but also what is taught in the classroom.