Common Core debate falls quiet for now

Common Core debate falls quiet for now
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:08pm

Math teacher Kristin Magee said for months it's been full steam ahead as she and other educators worked to get ready for full implementation of common core to start.

"We're not getting any sleep as teachers, we're learning the content and we're taking lots of extra hours at home and our families are wanting us to slow down! So we're kind of glad that it's slowing down a little bit," explained Magee.

She explained that she is all about holding kids to higher standards, but said it's a nice relief to know she's been given two extra years to get things right for her kids.

"We felt like it's really rushed. Like we say, teachers want to be prepared, we want to do what's right for children and the way that we're going to do the right thing by children is by learning our content and teaching those kids how to think," added Magee.

The board of elementary and secondary education made it official Wednesday to allow some of the consequences associated with common core to take a back seat.

"I would describe it as a pretty common sense approach on how to implement significant change but do it in a way that gives people a chance to be successful. But at the same time making sure we increase standards for our children," explained BESE member Chaz Roemer.

But educator advocates have told us that the fight isn't over.

"I don't think we've heard the end of the common core debate, I think we're maybe at half time. We’ve had maybe one team on the field now that has done what it can do. We’ve seen the superintendent come out with his best game plan in order to make this palatable and digestible to the public. But it's going to get across the street and we'll see legislators with large constituencies weighing in," explained Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

The changes mean teachers won't be able to lose their jobs based on some of the data from common core tests. School letter grades will also be based on a curve as the new curriculum rolls out.

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