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Wake school board debates Common Core

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The Wake County School Board's Government Relations Committee talked about their legislative priorities. The Wake County School Board's Government Relations Committee talked about their legislative priorities.
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The Wake County School Board is making its legislative priorities known ahead of the upcoming short session.

Some board members are at odds with state lawmakers over federal education standards known as Common Core. Last week one state legislative committee recommended doing away with the standard in favor of new curriculum, which has yet to be drafted.

School board member Bill Fletcher said Common Core has been "hijacked by politics." He is in favor of keeping it in place for at least another few years.

"To change our curriculum again after three years would be just turmoil that we don't need for our employees, for our children and for our state," Fletcher said. "It would just be an upside down thing to do."

Last week, Randolph County Republican Senator Jerry Tillman said of Common Core, "North Carolina needs to control its own standards. They do not trust national standards to reflect NC values , North Carolina, curriculum and north Carolina expertise."

Besides possibly standing behind Common Core, board members said they will push lawmakers to re-instate career status for teachers, after the General Assembly voted to repeal the workplace protections in favor of shorter contracts last year. Boosting salaries for school employees is also a priority after the school system announced an unprecedented exodus of teachers earlier this month.

"Not sure what that is, but if we can something around 2-2.5 percent obviously would be great," school board member Keith Sutton said.

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