No fireworks in hearing on Common Core standards rewrite
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards has provoked passionate arguments and lengthy hearings in recent years.
But revisions to those English and math standards sparked nothing similar Friday. Instead, a public hearing on the proposed standards rewrite was over in less than 30 minutes.
Only a half-dozen speakers showed up for a gathering ordered by state lawmakers seeking to end controversy over the once white-hot issue.
A 26-member panel of mostly educators recommended changing about 20 percent of the standards. The state education board approved the changes in March.
On Friday, speakers took turns quietly spelling out their views in a mostly empty auditorium. Their comments will be forwarded to the House and Senate education committees, which plan their own hearings by June 27.
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