State lawmakers changing the game relating to Common Core

Published: Apr. 24, 2014 at 11:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2014 at 11:48 PM EDT
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RALEIGH,NC (WBTV/AP) - Republican lawmakers sound ready to separate North Carolina from the nationally-developed K-12 academic standards after complaints from parents, think tanks and other groups that Common Core requirements are controlling curriculum and classrooms.

A General Assembly study committee Thursday recommended colleagues pass a law directing the State Board of Education to replace the Common Core standards for math and language arts with something else, with input from a proposed standards commission.

The alterations could cause conflict with GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Chamber - both have praised Common Core.

Representative Tricia Cotham is concerned about the money North Carolina accepted to implement the Common Core program.

"That is another area that was not answered," Cotham said. "That could be $400 million and we have also school districts who have spent money on training teachers - sending them away, professional development - so this is all that's going to be wasted."

Politicians will get to work soon to create a new curriculum.  It could go into effect as early as next school year.

State Superintendent June Atkinson is cautioning leaders to act cautiously and carefully before making changes to the Common Core. She believes since this involves young people the stakes are very high.

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