Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administrators have been included on the final 11-person team that will review what North Carolina will do with Common Core standards, the state said Tuesday.
The state legislature set up the Academic Standards Review Commission as a sort of compromise on what to do with the controversial standards. Plenty of legislators wanted to do away with the Common Core, and the N.C. House passed a bill that would not let any of the current standards be considered. The final outcome is a group that will study the standards and come up with a recommendation for a rewrite.
The final list of who's to serve was just released this week. From CMS: Deputy superintendent Ann Clark and Project LIFT zone supervisor Denise Watts.
Their appointments at least indicates that the outcome of the commission might not be predetermined. Superintendent Heath Morrison and other administrators in CMS have been on the record about supporting the Common Core standards.
A few other members have been upfront with their opposition to the standards. Retired math professor John Scheik, for example, told N.C. Policy Watch that he thinks they include "ludicrous" methods of teaching.
The group will meet for the first time Monday up in Raleigh. Here's the full list of appointments, courtesy of the N.C. Department of Administration. I've added in parentheses a brief description of how they ended up on the list.
Tammy Covil, New Hanover (New Hanover County school board member)
Dr. Jeffrey Isenhour, Catawba (principal of Bunker Hill High School in Claremont)
Katie Lemons, Stokes (South Stokes High School teacher)
Denise Watts, Mecklenburg
Ann B. Clark, Iredell
Dr. Laurie McCollum, Rockingham (assistant principal, Western Rockingham Middle)
Jeannie A. Metcalf, Forsyth (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board member)
Dr. John T. Scheik, Wake (retired UNC math professor)
State Board of Education Members
Chairman William “Bill” Cobey, Durham
Dr. Olivia Oxendine, Robeson
Andre Peek, Wake (IBM executive and leader of the N.C. Business Committee for Education)