It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.
And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.
It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.