Common Core battle continues: House considers bill that would dump standards

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:15am

At the Louisiana State Capitol the fight over common core continues. The education committee heard some highly controversial bills involving our state's common core standards.

Hundreds of people showed up to voice their concerns Wednesday. So many, in fact, that two overflow rooms had to be opened.

The discussion went on for almost five hours. Legislators debated getting rid of the common core standards but implementing a new set could take years. Parents who support common core say this bill would cost too much money and would set their kids back.

Erin Comeaux is a mother of three and shes seen improvements with her kids since common core has been implemented in our schools but now she’s worried things could change.

"I think if this bill passes through we will be setting ourselves back 10 plus years."

Republican representative Brett Geymann is proposing a bill that would turn our state's education system in a completely new direction.

”Ii will give us a chance to develop our own standards equal to or higher than what we have now. Also a seat at the table, transparency and accountability,” said Rep Geymann, (R) Lake Charles.

The common core standards adopted in 2010 have been a topic of debate and also struggle.

“It has been a difficult 2 or 3 years there is no denying that," noted State Superintendent of schools, John White.

But Superintendent White says one year from now, our students will be held to the same standards as students in any other state. And with common core and the PARCC assessment we will finally start seeing results.

“We will be able to measure with validity how well our kids are doing in comparison to any child in the land because they have god given gifts that are as great as any of the children in this country.”

Local superintendents support the bill to get rid of common core. They think current standards are uneven and need to be reevaluated.

“Superintendents feel like its time to slow down and get the implementation of high standard right," said Patrice Pujol, President of the Louisiana Association of Superintendents.

Committee members still have questions they want answered.

“Are there some objective standards that people can go to and say here is what were fighting for or fighting against. That’s what I want to know,” said Rep. Robert Shadoin, (R) Ruston.

Parents like Erin Comeaux continue to hope the committee hears and understands their voice-

I think we would be performing a disservice to our children. We would be sending them a message that we don’t believe they have the ability to measure up to everyone else

So until a decision is reached, Comeaux will just have to wait and see where the future of her children's education will lie.

“We have to amp it up in order for them to be productive citizens.”

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