Gov. Pat McCrory signed a compromise bill Tuesday that replaces the Common Core education standards.
The law creates a commission to review the state's math and language arts requirements. The Board of Education must approve any suggestions made by the new commission. Common Core will stay in place in public schools until the new standards are written.
Senate Bill 812 was a compromise to competing House and Senate bills. The House originally called for Common Core to be repealed and replaced; the Senate bill allowed the commission to recommend keeping some parts of Common Core.
North Carolina is the fifth state to try to create state-specific education standards in place of the Common Core requirements.
McCrory also signed House Bill 644 which requires the North Carolina Department of Labor to write and enforce regulations under recommendations set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety. The bill is designed to protect health care personnel from exposure to hazardous materials and certain drugs.
The bill's primary sponsor was Rep. Jim Fulghum, a former doctor who passed away on Friday.
"This legislation will provide the needed protections to our health care professionals," McCrory said. "It is fitting that this was sponsored by the late Rep. Fulghum. As a medical doctor, this bill furthers his legacy of caring about the personal safety of others."
According to the press release, McCrory will give the pen he used to sign the legislation to Mary Susan Fulghum at her husband's funeral.
McCrory also signed Senate Bill 614 which allows the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission to keep certain documents and discussions about base closure and realignment confidential and gives the State Construction office the authority to oversee certain developments around military lands.