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Lawmakers reject bill to kill Common Core tests

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Posted: May 5, 2014 3:19 PM
Updated: May 5, 2014 3:19 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - A back-door effort to undermine Louisiana's use of testing tied to Common Core education standards has failed to win legislative support.

Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles proposed to require legislative approval before the education department could spend money on the standardized tests tied to Common Core.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 12-10 against the bill Monday.

Geymann said his bill would provide legislative oversight of spending and give lawmakers more information about testing contracts that cost millions of dollars.

Opponents said the measure would disrupt classrooms and testing plans that have been in the works for nearly four years. Superintendent of Education John White said the proposal had sweeping implications, affecting at least a dozen tests across school districts.

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