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The fight against standardized testing has become about more than testing. For some, it’s about control over what happens in our children’s classrooms. For some, it’s about finding a new weapon in the political battle against Common Core standards.

From an editorial Friday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

The writer is president of The Employers Association.

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Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor
Taylor Batten became editorial page editor in 2008, the day Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch. He grew up in Miami, went to Duke and Harvard and covered business and politics before holding a series of editing and management jobs. He and his staff have won first place for editorial writing and editorial pages in N.C. Press Association competitions. Reach him at

Peter St. Onge, Associate Editor

Peter St. Onge has been a member of the editorial board since 2011. A New Hampshire native, Peter came to the Observer in 1999. He has been honored with national awards in news writing, investigations, business writing, sports writing and feature writing. He lives in south Charlotte with his wife and two sons. Reach him at

Kevin Siers, Editorial Cartoonist

A native of Minnesota, Kevin Siers has been drawing editorial cartoons for the Observer since 1987. He began his cartooning career by drawing editorial cartoons for his hometown community newspaper between shifts working in the local iron ore mines north of Duluth. His Observer cartoons today are distributed nationwide by King Features Syndicate. Reach him at

Eric Frazier, Associate Editor

Eric Frazier joined the editorial board in 2014. A South Carolina native, he graduated from the College of Charleston and Columbia University. He has been a reporter and editor at the Observer since 1998, and has won state and national awards for coverage of issues ranging from capital punishment to child welfare. Reach him at

Kevin Siers’ brilliant cartoon of January 27 threw the spotlight on what is shaping up to be the tragi-comical role of North Carolina’s senior senator, Richard Burr, as the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The invasion, evidently, has begun.

From Jennifer Bergeron, Campus President at NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville:

“What’s your goal in life?” I asked a cheerful young man at an alumni event. “I want to retire by 35” was his snappy answer.

That extra lane on I-485 would have really helped on I-77.

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