Group claims Common Core hijacks local education
BATON ROUGE - New education standards called Common Core have become the latest cause for political controversy.
One group plans a protest Saturday outside the state capitol over the issue.
"This is an argument on global competition and economic development," said Cathryn Goppelt. "But I feel this is hijacking the educational process."
Common Core was something agreed upon by the National Governor's Board and voluntarily adopted by 45 states, including Louisiana. It's a set of more rigorous standards meant to help students compete better nationally. One LSU educational expert labeled the standards as descriptive, not prescriptive.
"Education is still a state's right," said Dr. Steve Bickmore, LSU assistant professor of English education. "There is no national policy for education."
Others see it differently. The "Stop Common Core Coalition" believes Common Core is opening the door for federal intrusion into local education, and they plan to fight.
"We do need improvement," Goppelt said, "but we don't need someone from outside telling us how to educate our children."
Common Core came with no instructions for implementation, no curriculum or lesson plan, just standards of where students should be. That has left some educators concerned about exactly what is expected.
"There was never a set lesson plan," said Bickmore.
The protest take place in front of the State Department of Education building Saturday morning at 10 a.m.