By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Governor Christie’s promised review of Common Core kicked off today at a meeting of the State Board of Education, Save Jerseyans, in the form of a 18-page document (counting the coverage page) which you can view here. that was prepared by New Jersey Department of Education officials.
#1 – Big Change is Possible: “I am hopeful any potential changes will benefit our students and teachers and let them return to the effective style of teaching they were accustomed to prior to Common Core.” (Asm. David Rible, R- Monmouth)
#2 – No Change is Coming: “Today’s presentation proves that his move was about pure politics, not policy. Despite the fact that New Jersey has been implementing the Common Core for several years, the presentation pretends that all we need are some minor tweaks to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. It allows a total of 11 meetings over four months for several committees to revamp and replace everything that educators have been working to implement since 2010.” (NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer)
#3 – Some Change is Likely: “We will not be tearing down and starting over, but rather looking critically at where are there opportunities for clarification, for omission and for addition, to make sure that we always have the top standards for our students.” (Department of Education Chief Academic Officer Kimberley Harrington)
So yeah. Who the hell knows.