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BESE hears Common Core concerns

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BATON ROUGE - Louisianians continue to look for common ground concerning the Common Core State Standards.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is hearing concerns from parents and teachers at their meeting Tuesday night.

Some parents at the meeting said they've taken their kids out of school, until the issue of Common Core is resolved, while others said they welcome the higher standards as necessary for college-bound students.

Educators argue that promises weren't kept to prepare them to teach these standards, and say many of the schools do not have the technology needed to give these online tests.

"I do believe our kids should be challenged, but not in a way where it's shoved on them so quickly and they can't conform to the whole aspect of that at one time," said Brooke Falgout, a concerned mother. "Kids that's used to love school hate it now."

The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, Steve Monaghan, says students need more time to adjust to these higher standards and should not be held accountable for Common Core test scores at this point.

BESE is not expected to make any decisions Tuesday night.

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