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June 12, 2014

Military, higher ed leaders push Common Core

A national coalition of higher education leaders has formed to support the Common Core standards for K-12 classrooms. Post has been updated.


Military leaders are weighing in on Common Core Standards. Retired generals from North Carolina were at the state Department of Public Instruction Thursday to encourage the legislature not to derail the Common Core.

The generals say the standards ensure that students will be better prepared for college, careers, and the military, if they choose to serve.

The retired military leaders are members of the nonpartisan

Mission: Readiness. They released a new report that says one-fifth of young North Carolinians do not graduate from high school on time and that 23 percent of those seeking to enlist in the Army cannot join because of low scores on the military’s entrance exam for math, literacy and problem solving.

Mission: Readiness is made up of more than 400 retired military leaders. The group argues that the shortcomings of the education system can threaten national security. Children in military families who move frequently are hurt when learning standards are uneven across states, the group argues.

Earlier this week, more than 200 leaders from 33 states launched a coalition called Higher Ed for Higher Standards. The group aims to mobilize the higher education community for the Common Core State Standards as other states have moved to drop them.

“This is a call to action and I urge my colleagues in higher education to stand up and make their voices heard on Common Core,” said Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York and chair of the National Association of System Heads.

Among the leaders who signed a statement of support for Common Core were UNC President Tom Ross, Appalachian State University Chancellor Ken Peacock, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois and UNC School of the Arts Chancellor James Moeser.

Higher education leaders have a stake in the issue. The coalition’s leaders say every state should insist on higher learning standards to ensure that children are adequately prepared for college and employment.

Lawmakers in the state Senate and House have passed separate bills that could change the Common Core or replace it with new standards to be developed by a commission. South Carolina and Oklahoma have moved to drop the standards.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the business community support the Common Core.

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