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Wake Ed Partnership advocates for Common Core standards

Fifth grade teacher Tawauna Stewart, 50, monitors an exam on math and volumes at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
Fifth grade teacher Tawauna Stewart, 50, monitors an exam on math and volumes at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, August 12, 2015. cliddy@newsobserver.com

The Wake Education Partnership, a business-backed group that works with the Wake County school system, is urging people to lobby a state commission and the State Board of Education on behalf of keeping the Common Core standards.

In its In Context newsletter on Friday, WakeEd says people should let the co-chairs of the N.C. Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) and State Board of Education members know that “you support the current standards and you want aligned assessments for our students and teachers.” It’s part of a section in the newsletter called “how to advocate for Common Core.”

WakeEd says people need to speak now because it’s concerned ASRC’s draft recommendations “include repealing the current standards and replacing them with those of another state.” The state in question is Minnesota.

“The commission was asked to recommend modifications,” WakeEd writes. “Wholesale repeal and replacement should not happen. Are none of our current standards appropriate for our students? None?”

WakeEd also takes on the General Assembly because it “decreed (emphasis added by WakeEd) that no assessments aligned to the common core could be purchased or implemented without General Assembly legislation to authorize the purchase.”

“That’s right,” WakeEd continues. “The General Assembly gets to decide when the State Board of Education can direct the Department of Public Instruction to implement assessments aligned to the standards currently in place.”

Talk about Common Core is revving up now that the review commission is only a few months away from releasing final recommendations.

The Wake Education Partnership is financed by the business community, including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The business community around the nation has been vocal in support of keeping Common Core.

Locally, WakeEd partners with the Wake County school system on several projects, including providing grants to teachers. Last week, several Wake school board members were critical of the comments made at ASRC meetings by opponents of Common Core.

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