Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014 7:27AM
Louisiana lawmakers begin Common Core debate
Extensive debate begins today in the House Education Committee over Common Core.
The new public educational standards in reading, writing and math will take full effect next school year. One of the bills up for debate would get rid of Common Core.
Common Core opponents say it will bring a federal education system to Louisiana, and it doesn't allow for input from local school officials.
There are also complaints some school systems are not ready for the new standards.
Supporters of Common Core say it will allow Louisiana to compare student achievement with other states and increase standards for the state's public schools.
Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says he doesn't think legislators are looking to scrap Common Core, but they would like to address some of the concerns.
"CABL supports Common Core," Erwin explains. "We are going to try and... answer some of their questions, alleviate some of the concerns that they've heard, and convince them they are on the right path."
The Louisiana Department of eduaction says, "The Common Core State Standards are fundamental descriptions of reading, writing, and math skills that focus on the ability to think independently."
The department's website offiers two examples of these descriptions:
-3rd grade math: Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes.
-5th grade reading: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text
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