Common Core up for debate in education committee
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House Education Committee are considering whether Louisiana should scrap its participation in the Common Core education standards and the standardized testing associated with it.
After dodging the issue for months, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office submitted a card in support for a bill by Rep. Brett Geymann to have Louisiana draw up its own education standards in a multi-year process. No one from Jindal's office testified in support of the bill, however.
The state education board agreed in 2010 to phase in the Common Core standards, adopted by most states as a way to compare performance and add more rigorous training for students. Education Superintendent John White supports the standards.
Backers of Geymann's bill say the standards didn't get enough public and legislative review and implementation was poorly-handled.