(Raleigh, NC)—Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest today issued a video making public the response he received from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in reply to his recent questions regarding the creation, implementation, cost, and roll out of the Common Core State Standards in the North Carolina school system this year.
To see the video, please go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjlrq5eK-g8
By nature of the office he holds, the Lieutenant Governor sits on the State Board of Education. In this role he has been vocal in raising questions about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards that are currently being implemented in all 115 school districts around the state.
In July of this year, the Lieutenant Governor drafted a 67 question letter to the Department of Public Instruction asking them to answer the questions so that a greater understanding of the Common Core Standards, costs, technology requirements, teacher preparation, etc. could be attained before the start of the new school year.
On August 2nd, the Lieutenant Governor received an official reply from DPI.
Specifically, he received 12 boxes containing approximately 40,000 sheets of paper, with a cover letter that did not directly answer any of his 67 questions, but rather referred him to 134 separate websites, linking to over 100 separate pages, 320 separate reports, hundreds of original source documents, 40 presentations, 1 blog post and a thumb drive.
DPI’s reply averaged 597 pages of information to answer each single individual question asked by the Lieutenant Governor.
“This is government bureaucracy at its best. When an administrative body that is required to provide information to its board members fails to be forthcoming with the requested information it should raise a red flag,” said Forest.
“If the Lieutenant Governor, who is a member of the State Board of Education, has questions dismissed in this manner, imagine what will happen this school year when an individual parent or teacher asks these same questions. It is unclear to me, why a Department that is supposed to promote the Common Core Standards is hiding behind mountains of information and not offering clear, concise, common sense responses to very reasonable questions,” said Forest.
For a copy of the Lieutenant Governor’s original 67 question letter to DPI, please go to this link:
For a copy of DPI’s response to the Lieutenant Governor’s letter, please go to this link:
Forest’s office today also announced that they would mail a copy of DPI’s reply to every member of the General Assembly, all 115 school superintendents, all elected County Commissioners and local School Board members statewide, so that they will “understand the full scope of what is in the process of being implemented in their local communities.”
For more information or to schedule a media interview with the Lieutenant Governor contact: Hal Weatherman at 980-395-5184 or via email at email@example.com