Parents, teachers frustrated by stoppage of Common Core

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina has spent millions to implement Common Core standards across the state, but Gov. Pat McCrory last month signed a bill that paves the way for the state to get rid of those standards and develop new ones.

Elyse Dashew is helping her son prepare this week for his first middle school year.

For at least one more year, his teachers will teach according to Common Core state standards, adopted by North Carolina in 2010 and implemented in 2012.

"The first concern was just the disruption and constant change," said Keith Poston, president and executive director of Public School Forum.

The standards are controversial, but Poston believes the standards are rigorous and encourage critical thinking.

When the governor signed the common core review bill he said, the legislation will "initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards."  

The Department of Public Instruction spent $66 million to implement the standards since 2010. Much of that money came from federal grant dollars.

Still, Poston wonders whether that money was wasted.

"If the state moves forward with a completely new set of standards, those costs are going to be ours," Poston said.

The website, Stop Common Core NC said it got 1,700 people to sign petitions, asking the state to do away with standards they say are "untested, unproven."

"I don't think there's ever anything wrong with reflecting on what you're doing and changing course a little bit, if need be," Dashew said.  

Dashew said she's glad the new legislation has started a conversation about the standards.

But Poston said teachers are worried about possibly adapting to another change.

"I think there's just a little bit of frustration they're like, here we go again," Poston said.

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison told Channel 9, teachers have been asking questions about common core this week.

They have been told to continue teaching to the current standards until new ones are in place.  

State leaders will appoint an 11-member commission by the end of the month. They'll review the standards and craft new ones to be approved by the state board of education.