In July, the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory approved legislation creating the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC). The 11-member commission was created to replace Common Core math and English language arts standards and to ensure that the new standards increase student achievement, are developmentally appropriate and are some of the highest in the nation.
Anyone familiar with developing standards and Common Core knows this is a large task, one that requires talented manpower and significant resources. But that’s the problem. Unlike earlier versions, the final bill (SB 812) to establish the Academic Standards Review Commission failed to include a budget. It was the expectation of legislators and bill supporters that funding would be restored. However, it wasn’t, and that the lack of money has impacted the work of the committee.
Resources are needed to allow the commission to comprehensively review standards, disseminate information, hire staff, bring in speakers and hold meetings in other parts of North Carolina. Under the present arrangement, ASRC cannot do the job legislators asked it to do.
Will you join me in writing Gov. McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, and your legislators and ask them to restore funding for the Academic Standards Review Commission?
We need to give commission members the tools to do the job legislators have called them to do!
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I am writing to ask to your support to restore funding for the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC).
As you know, ASRC has a very large and important task. It must review Common Core math and English standards and ensure that new standards are rigorous, increase student achievement, and are developmentally appropriate.
ASRC currently has no funding. The Legislature has entrusted ASRC with a task it cannot fulfill.
I urge you to support funding for ASRC so that a full and comprehensive review of Common Core Standards can begin.
Thank you for your consideration.