Compromise bill wins support in Common Core debate
BATON ROUGE - A compromise bill is winning support from key players in the Common Core education debate Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature.
Rep. Lance Harris dropped his anti-Common Core bill in favor of the compromise legislation from Rep. Brett Geymann, which would create a process to give the public input on a new set of state education standards developed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Eduction. The legislature and governor would review them, and could approve or reject them.
Anti-Common Core activists at the meeting said they supported the compromise, as did State Superintendent of Education John White. The superintendent noted that the deal would not remove Common Core as it is currently implemented but would allow BESE to adjust the state's standards with public input as time went on.
Governor Bobby Jindal's office praised the compromise effort, but said Jindal had concerns which needed to be addressed. They said Jindal is concerned a governor more favorable to Common Core would still hold the ability to veto different standards, leaving Common Core in place.
The Common Core standards were developed by a group of volunteers from several states in order to create a common set of education standards each state could use to compare their students' progress with other states. Opponents of the standards claim they infringe too much on the state's ability to handle education. Around a dozen anti-Common Core bills were filed this session and could be shelved because of the compromise.