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Educators continue with Common Core

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Posted: Jul 2, 2014 5:51 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 6:46 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: BESE, common core, lft, louisiana federation of teachers, west baton rouge school

BATON ROUGE - Teachers and students have a lot of questions as the political fight heats up over Common Core education standards.

Governor Bobby Jindal wants to kills the state's involvement with the new standards, but there's no "plan B" in place once school starts this fall.

Educators from West Baton Rouge Parish have strict orders from their superintendent that Common Core is the path forward, the same stance taken by state education officials.

"I told our teachers back in April, we're holding the line, holding high expectations to the mark," said WBR Superintendent David Corona. "(We're) going to continue down the road traveled for the last four years."

Four years after adopting Common Core, Jindal is doing his best to remove the state from the educational standards. Corona calls that a mistake.

"Our kids are beginning to get it," Corona said. "We got first and second graders explaining how they're solving problems. They're understanding and we cheat our children if we move in a different direction and lower expectations."

Jindal faces Common Core opposition from a majority of BESE members and State Superintendent John White. One teacher union now calls it "common chaos," saying teachers and students are casualties of the ongoing political warfare.

"There's much more of an obsession with assessment of kids by the political class than the actual instruction of children," said Steve Monaghan, head of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

The LFT is calling on the state to forgo any standards testing for next year because of all the confusion over testing.

"They've screwed this thing up so badly, they shouldn't be interested in next year of assessing children and comparing them to any child anywhere," Monaghan said. "I mean the damage has been done."

BESE voted Tuesday not to use the same standardized tests that students took last year.

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