Teachers react to standstill in Common Core debate
POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 5:15pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Right now, teachers say they have no clue how to get ready for the new school year that's less than a month away.
"All we can do is be patient and wait, but in the meantime, we've got a job to do," said teacher Courtney Dumas.
That's how a lot of teachers around Louisiana are feeling at this point. Dumas is frustrated the governor and state superintendent of education are putting teachers and students in the middle of their disagreement.
"It's so important that we stay positive and grab on to each other in this crazy time right now because we have no control over what's going on," Dumas said.
Right now, Dumas is trying to come up with a plan for her students, and there's no time to waste. School starts August 7th at her school.
"We're pushing these children to get ready for things we've never seen before and that we've never seen before," Dumas said.
"My goal is that when children pass through my classroom that they are able to compete whether it's with children from Texas, children from Georgia, or anywhere," said teacher Michelle Williams.
Veteran teacher Michelle Williams said she is disappointed Governor Jindal and Superintendent White haven't come to an agreement.
"No matter what happens at the state department, we still have work to do," Williams said. "We're going to do that job, whether we have to pull it from Common Core or things that we've used in the past, but at the end of the day, we're going to teach our children."
"I'm confident that we're going to be okay. I'm confident that our students are going to be okay, and I think the best is yet to come," Dumas said.
State Education Superintendent John White said this Common Core debate will likely continue into a courtroom.