CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will discuss the Common Core State Standards at its next Focus Friday Legislative Briefing. 

The Lake Norman Chamber, which has taken no position on Common Core, will hear from Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member Rhonda Lennon and Terri DeBoo with Ideas@work. 

Lennon is expected to discuss the concept and challenges of Common Core. DeBoo will cite the advantages to a common standard for education as it relates to economic development and business recruitment. 

Bill Russell, chamber president, believes the program will help local businesses obtain better insight into a lightning rod issue during an election season. 

“While local and state control over education is essential, it is critical North Carolina not abruptly disengage from a national standard that could adversely impact not only our ability to create a high skilled workforce but be competitive in our economic development efforts,” Russell said.

The event takes place 8:30-10 a.m. May 16 at the chamber office, 19900 W. Catawba Ave.

While intended for chamber members to discuss community and legislative issues, the briefing is open to the public. The chamber asks interested citizens who are not members to RSVP by calling 704-892-1922.