A number of appointments have recently been made to the Academic Standards Review Commission. S.L. 2014-78 created the commission for reviewing Common Core Math and English Standards and making recommendations to the State Board of Education. The legislation established an 11 member Commission. As of today, 8 members have been named. They are:
Mrs. Sara “Katie” Lemons of Stokes County – English Teacher
Dr. Jeffrey A. Isenhour of Catawba County -Middle School Principal
Ms. Tammy J. Covil of New Hanover County — New Hanover County Board of Education
Mrs. Sharmel “Denise” Watts of Mecklenburg County — Project Lift in Charlotte,
Dr. John. T. Scheick of Wake County – Retired Professor
Laurie McCullom of Rockingham County – Assistant Principal
Ann B. Clark of Iredell County – Deputy Superintendent of Schools, CMS
Jeannie Metcalf of Forsyth County – Winston Salem, Forsyth County Board of Education
Speaker Tillis made the first four appointments; the second four are those made by Senate President Phil Berger. Three slots remain to be filled. Chairman of the State Board of Education, Bill Cobey has two appointments. I am told an announcement could be made by the end of this week. Governor McCrory has the other appointment. No word yet on when that selection will be made.
S.L. 2014-78 said the Commission’s first meeting was to be held before September 1st. Obviously that won’t be happening. With these appointments, the Commission does however now have a quorum. I would expect that Commission meeting dates and agendas would start develop shortly.