A committee in charge of rewriting North Carolina’s academic standards discovered that principals and teachers support keeping Common Core.

Teachers Support Keeping Common Core

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The Academic Standards Review Commission is tasked with making recommendations for replacing Common Core math and English standards. Two principals and four teachers met with the commission to urge that Common Core Standards be kept.

“If the Common Core standards are pulled from under us, I want to know what floor the retirement office is on,” said high school math teacher Allison Bowers, a veteran teacher who has been teaching for 29 years.

Other educators present agreed that while Common Core has some issues, the good is more significant than the bad.

“We need to do what’s best for children,” she said. “We look at what we have, fix what we have if necessary and go from there.”

The commission delivered preliminary reports at a previous meeting and issued draft recommendations for discarding math standards entirely and revising English standards.

“The standards are solid,” said Carrie Tulbert, N.C. principal of the year for 2014-15. “Implementation is the more frustrating part for teachers.” She said that teachers and students need time to adjust to the new standards.

Those requests run counter to preliminary reports delivered by the commission at last month’s meeting. Draft recommendations call for throwing out the math standards entirely and revising or rewriting the English standards.

Educators at the meeting Monday said that would be a mistake.

“The standards are solid,” said Carrie Tulbert, N.C. principal of the year for 2014-15. “Implementation is the more frustrating part for teachers.”

Tulbert said teachers and students needed time to adjust to the new standards.

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