Common Core


Are you aware the NC Dept. of Public Instruction has been revising the education standards for the state?  North Carolina’s standards were given the name  "NC Essential Standards,” but these standards simply reflect the old Common Core Standards. 

Right now, the NC Dept. of Public Instruction has opened up their 2nd revision of the Kindergarten through 8th grade math standards for public comment.

The public comment for these “Common Core” math revisions  closes April 20.

This latest revision attempt is lacking in serious ways:

  1. 1. There is mention of memorization when it comes to multiplication BUT not the basic addition and subtraction facts. The standards ask for “fluency” – BUT there is a difference between fluency and memorization. What exactly does “fluency” mean?   – Do we need to put the memorization of addition and subtraction facts into NC State Statute?

 NC State Statutes requires memorization of multiplication tables:   (l) Multiplication Tables. – Page 13:  “The standard course of study shall include the requirement that students enrolled in public schools memorize multiplication tables to demonstrate competency in efficiently multiplying numbers.”

  1. 2.  Where is the outside review?

Common Core was created outside the state; now the Dept. of Public Instruction has made multiple revisions, yet no independent outside entity has been given the chance to ascertain if these revisions are better or worse. 

  1. Read  and see if you can understand the standard. Is the standard clear and concise?  Have the standards over the past three years improved performance? How long will NC put up with low performance and not have radical changes?

How have students performed on EOGs for the last three years?


Please review – write your own comments – OR – list one of the comments above. 

Thanks for bringing involved with education in our State!



ACTION NEEDED: Contact The NC State Board Of Education

By LadyLiberty1885 - A.P. DIllon in BlogNews on December 11, 2015

We are on the final stretch of the NC Common Core Commission.  Next week is their final meeting and their recommendations on Common Core are due to the State Board of Education and legislature by December 31st.

The final meeting is next Friday, December 18th from 1 to 5 pm. Please attend if you can.
Details: State Board of Education Meeting Room at the Dept. of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington Street, 7th floor.

Common-Core-tearsThe war on the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) is already being waged in the media. Pro-Common Core mouthpieces from ‘education nonprofits’ are coming out of the woodwork with Op Eds attacking the ASRC.

This media blitz is also an effort to silence the public and the parents who have been fighting for their children for the last four years.  DON’T LET THEM!

I’ve heard from a few sources that there are representatives from various pro-Common Core entities making their way through North Carolina this past week and are paying visits to the State Board of Education members.

I also am told these entities, including the Gates Foundation, have deluged the board with letters urging them to keep Common Core and ignore the commission entirely.

Citizens can counter these Op Eds,  meetings and letters with one of their own, urging the board to take the Commission’s recommendations seriously and act on them.

Some major points to possibly include:

  • Keep Calm Stop Common CoreThe Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) as appointed to make suggestions to replace Common Core and they have done just that.
  • The ASRC has met for 15 months and in that time, they have done the work that the Department of Public Instruction refused to do five years ago.
  • The ASRC has done significant due diligence, including surveys to parents and teachers, listening tours around the state, heard testimony of experts from both sides, studied multiple different sets of pre-common core standards from various states and has developed working groups that have thoroughly picked apart the standards.
  • The ASRC found serious flaws in both the English Language arts and in the Math standards. These flaws are most egregious from Kindergarten to Third grade — the years when our children are getting the foundational learning. Serious issues were also raised with the quality of literature and with the math progression (integrated math) in high school.
  • It should be known that between 2009 and 2011, the Department of Public Instruction was well aware of the same issues the ASRC has found, yet they did nothing to correct it. It took parents protesting and legislators creating the commission to get anything done.

More resources are located in the Stop Common Core repository on my personal blog.

Below are the email addresses for the NC State Board of Education.
I would suggest copying your state level elected officials on these emails as well.  If you are unsure who represents you, use the NC General Assembly’s Lookup Tool.

Bill Cobey:

A.L. Collins:

Janet Cowell:

Reginald Kenan:

Rebecca Taylor:

Kevin Howell:

Gregory Alcorn:

Olivia Oxendine:

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest:

Dr. Rodney Shotwell:

Evelyn Bulluck:

Steve Lassiter:

James E. Ford:

Keana Triplett:

Eric C. Davis:

Wayne McDevitt:

Patricia Willoughby:

State Superintendent Atkinson is also on the board, however is a non-voting member.

Contacting her would be an exercise in futility since she has made  it clear she stands with Common Core and not our kids. Also, over the last year, she served as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which is one of the two unaccountable D.C. trade organizations which hold the copyright on Common Core.

For those who wish to email her anyway, her email address:

By the way, Atkinson has announced she will run for reelection. She is already currently the longest-serving K-12 education official in the country.


*Crossposted at

This article was posted in BlogNews by LadyLiberty1885 - A.P. DIllon on December 11, 2015 at 7:25 am.



Kathy Young:  I just got a call from a friend in a meeting in Raleigh.   Bill Gates and his minions are offering large bribes to state Board of Education members for NC if they will KEEP COMMON CORE.   It’s obvious that the ASRC is going to vote to do away with Common Core at the meeting next Friday.  They are being asked to disregard the commission that the Legislature set up to review CC and which roundly condemns it as inferior and damaging to children.


Please email each of the NC Board of Education members tonight that are listed below.  You can leave off NC Superintendent of Schools June Atkinson because she is also president of one of the companies that OWNS THE COPYRIGHT TO COMMON CORE and is pressuring the other members.  Huge conflict of interest.

Bill Cobey


A.L. Collins  


Janet Cowell  


Reginald Kenan  


Rebecca Taylor


Kevin Howell  


Gregory Alcorn  


Olivia Oxendine     (already committed to vote against Common Core)


Lt. Gov. Dan Forest    (already opposes CC)


Dr. Rodney Shotwell   


Evelyn Bulluck   


Steve Lassiter   


James E. Ford   


Keana Triplett   


June Atkinson     (supports Common Core 100% and isn’t going to change her mind)


Eric C. Davis  


Wayne McDevitt  


Patricia Willoughby    



The decision will be made very soon on Common Core.  If we don’t get rid of this bad education now, we are not going to be able to, because it is being written into many state and national laws.  The federal government has quietly taken over state education, unconstitutionally, and without any legal authority.


Please help!


Many thanks,



Info Update 5/3/2015

4/30/2015  Common Core Updates from Raleigh.  Thank you Lindalyn Kakadelis of John Locke Foundation for this invaluable information.  

First the bill in which the commission got some money was passed, not signed by the Governor, but became law on April 13th -   (Remember, the NC Budget did not fund the Education Committee charged with the task of revising the standards.)

 And the folks looking at the Language Arts standards are doing their work - See:
That is a summary of their work - which means they are looking at changing, rewording some standards.  I have not seen anything from the math group yet. 
Here was their agenda on April 20th.  Just heard that Tammy Covil is doing a good job.
Now  - what is happening with the Assessment Task force - 
These minutes of the meeting with the Superintendents - 
Love how a superintendent said “the current testing system is broken.” - 
You might link to read my latest blog:
Talk soon - Let me know if I can help further - there is not a lot of changes - just more discussion.  It will be very interesting what happens with the assessment piece.  One thing that is good - there is NO talk of the state using the Smarter Balance (Common core) Assessment.



4/8/2015:    On 4/18/15 Don Watson and the North Carolina Freedo Alliance is coming to ATP at Skyland FD, 10 am - Noon for a Common Core Workshop. See here for flyer  and here for further details

Thought you might like to read some of his reviews.  This comes from a NY teacher. 

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9:58 AM,

Hello Mr. Watson,

I am a 57 year old Elementary School teacher (presently in Kindergarten, but also taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years) from Long Island, New York. I just viewed your video :FTF: Meet the NC Academic CCSS Alternative , which is not only being viewed on You Tube but also on the social media page, Facebook. I just wanted to say, THANK YOU! It is so nice to see that this is being done with the help of teachers. Teachers, who have been in the classroom, truly know what their students need, and how to teach them so that they do understand, want to learn, and really love school. It is so disheartening to see the children starting to hate school because of the "Common Core." They become frustrated and do not like school. My philosophy of education is to "make learning fun", so that children want to come to school and learn. This is becoming more and more difficult, but I'm not giving up on the children. I'm sure you have heard that it is not only the Common Core in New York, but our Governor and constituents, that are even making it more difficult for the teachers. But, that is not the reason for this letter, again, it is to Thank You!
I'm hoping this gets out there, not only in your state, but all around the country!  
Respectfully yours,
Linda Pennington
Ps- My husband and I will be in your state this weekend for a family reunion for my husbands family!


Tea Time Thurs March 12, 2015:  Lyndalyn Kakadelis from John Locke will update us on legislation in Raleigh and what we need to do.   6PMl IHOP, 229 Airport Rd., Arden. 

Saturday, April 18th, 2015:  NC Freedom Alliance at Skyland FD to give us tools to repeal and replace Common Core.  See here for details:


3/11/2015: Conservatives Critique Jeb Bush's Stance on No Child Left Behind:

3/4/2015: Student Success Act (H.R. 5): Grassroots conservatives scored a huge victory recently, as H.R. 5 was pulled from floor consideration in response to objections from the right.  H.R. 5 would have reauthorized No Child Left Behind without making sufficient reforms to this intrusive and ineffective federal legislation.  The bill would have maintained the principal features of NCLB, including testing mandates, funding levels, and proscriptive federal programs. However, no victory in DC is permanent, and the bill may be brought back to the floor soon.


Please contact your Senators and request they co-sponsor S73, Local Control Education Act.

Senator Richard Burr
(202) 224-3154

Senator Thom Tillis
(202) 224-6342

 Text of Bill can be found here:|/bss/|

 This bill will strip the Federal Government of the power to force Common Core on the states.

It will help save our education system and preserve the rights of parents and local communities.

And the liberals hate it.

 Defeating this federal government power grab and saving America's children is one of the greatest political battles of our time.

 Every single conservative Senator should be standing up to Common Core and supporting the Local Control of Education Act!


2/16/2015: Common Core Forces Top Teacher Into Retirement:

2/11/2015 Update on Common Core in NC.

The following is an update from Lyndalyn Kakadelis from John Locke.  

Lyndalyn will be joining us at Tea Time on Thursday, March 12, 2015 when she will have further updates on the below.  Hope you can join us.  

Right now the Common Core Commission is meeting - but has NO money to even make copies.  Senate Bill 14 - has been passed by the senate and now (Feb. 9th) sent to the House Committee on Appropriations - See: 

There are very strong voices on the committee - but just not sure where the committee is going.  Some want to change all the standards and replace with another’s set of standards. See attachments: VA standards - remember Virginia never adopted Common CoreHere is a comparison and analysis of Virginia Standards and Common Core: can get Virginia standards here: 


Here is a set of other standards: 

Some on the committee just want to change some of the Common Core.  


There has been great debate on the committee whether you can simply change “some” of the standards since the document is copyrighted.  Remember- the committee only makes recommendation to the State Board of Education.  Please make sure you are contacting the State Board members and giving them your opinion. Do you want a NEW set of standards - or do you want them changing some of Common Core - State Board of Education - 


The Governor should appoint two new state school board members in March 2015 - Both John Tate and Kevin Howell are rotating OFF - so don’t worry about contacting them.  I will let you know when the Gov appoints two new members.   Will have more information after the next committee meeting next week.  Lyndalyn Kakadelis ---------------------

Contacts for NC Legislature:  House Education Study Committee/Common Core Study Committee:


2/2015:  Senate  Bill 14: to apprporiate $275,000 to fund revision of Education Standards.  Passed first reading today.  Referred to Appropriations Committee: Expect passage in early March, 2015.

1/2015: Watch Bill Benett vs Greg Abbot in heated common core debate:


2/1/2015: Jerry Brown (CA)  hit with massive $ billion dollar common core bill:



2015: Phyllis Schlafly Report disclosing helpful and maddening information about Common Core.


 On page 3 she refers to a good handbook for fighting Common Core, called Common Core: A Trojan Horse for Education Reform by Orlean Koehle – at resource links here: The Eagle Forum:


Rotten To The Core:



Common Core: Education without Representation.“Progressives have jammed this through in the dead of night,” Glenn said. “Beside being dumber, our kids are going to be indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology.”“We will not save our country unless we save it first from this attack.”    Glenn Beck Not in North Carolina?


Item 13 on the Senate’s calendar is S.227, “Strengthening Education through Research.”
Here’s a blog entry concerning the bill.