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Common Core defeats two bills in House committee

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Posted: Apr 2, 2014 11:05 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Apr 3, 2014 7:28 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Common Core, defeats two bills, House committee, Governor Bobby Jindal, House Education Committee, HB 381, HB 558, standards, education, BESE, Holly Boffy, Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Two bills that were supported by Governor Jindal and would have changed the foundation of the state's Common Core failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday.

Representatives denied both HB 381 and HB 558 in a 12 to seven vote.

HB 381 looked to created a state commission to oversee and initiate the new set of Common Core standards and would have done away with the national standards the state already agreed upon.

Supporters of HB 381 wanted more state oversight and felt the curriculum does not giving students a better education.

"I have huge concerns about this bill," BESE member Holly Boffy said.

Boffy believed the bill would have crippled Common Core because it would have changed the standards teachers and administrators have prepared for years to implement.

HB 558 would have done away with the curriculum's Partnership and Assessment for Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) testing.

Supporters say the state is not ready for the test because there are not enough computers in the classrooms and enough money to implement the testing.

"We have grave concerns about Common Core," Representative Cameron Henry said. He introduced HB 558.

"Everyone wants a higher standards and everyone can appreciate that," he said. "We just have a lot of question of whether if they are higher standards. Increased rigor we're all for that and parents have concerns that still haven't been addressed."

But Henry's failed because without PARCC the state could not gauge how well students were testing compared to other states.

"People are just having difficulty adjusting to the higher standards," Representative Alfred C. Williams said. "But we need higher standards if we are going to compete in the work force and compete with other states."

Common Core was introduced in 2010 as a national education plan to get students in 45 states on the same page.

The curriculum aims to increase educational standards across Louisiana by encouraging critical thinking to find answers.

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