Governor candidates share common aversion to Common Core
NEW ORLEANS- They differ in many ways but the candidates for governor in Louisiana's Nov. 21 runoff election, Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter, share an aversion to the Common Core education standards.
But, Common Core supporters helped elect a six-member majority to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Now, the question is how much change either candidate could make in the way the state evaluates and tests students.
Both candidates are keeping an eye on a review of the standards that legislative supporters of the standards agreed to in a compromise with outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal, who wanted to scrap Common Core.
If the new governor dislikes the review panel's recommended changes, he can veto them; but, that means the current Common Core standards will continue.