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Forest unhappy with DPI's response to his 40-page letter about Common Core

File this under: Ask and ye shall receive.

Back in July, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest sent a letter to the Department of Public Instruction with 67 questions about the Common Core State Standards, the new learning goals adopted in North Carolina and most other states. Forest has been a critic of the Common Core, which has become a favorite target of the Tea Party and conservative talk show hosts.

Forest asked State Superintendent June Atkinson for the answers by the start of this school year.

His letter was not 67 simple questions, however. Including appendices, the letter ran on for 40 pages and the questions had more than 150 sub questions and requests for documentation.

Earlier this month, he got answers. He described the DPI response Thursday in a news release and YouTube video: 12 boxes with 40,000 pieces of paper with references to 134 websites, 320 separate reports, 40 presentations, a blog post and a thumb drive. Apparently he didn't want to read it all.

“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," he said. "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."

It was government bureaucracy at its best, Forest said.

And he vowed that he would mail a copy of the DPI response to every legislator, school superintendent, school board member and county commissioner in the state.

Dome wants to know who will pay for the postage.
—Jane Stancill


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