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Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2014 7:35AM

Despite vocal opposition, Common Core still alive



Another effort to put the brakes on adopting "Common Core" educational standards in Louisiana met with failure in Baton Rouge. This time, an effort to add an extra layer of oversight for new standardized tests designed for Common Core couldn't get the votes needed to make it out of committee.

Despite vocal opposition from some lawmakers, parents and even some teachers, Common Core as of yet just can't be killed. Even Governor Bobby Jindal has grown lukewarm in his support of Common Core, but his education superintendent, John White, still supports adopting the standards next year.

White warned lawmakers the constant efforts to derail Common Core are only causing problems for school administrators and teachers who have been working hard to be ready when the standards go into effect next year.

"That doesn't just impact their kids; that impacts their jobs," White told the committee. "I ask you to consider the real-world implications for those teachers and families."

Lawmaker Jim Morris told White they just want to be sure the job is done right.

"I think oversight is a good thing...and I, for the life of me, don't understand why you and the critics of this can't see the same thing," he told White.

This is the third time an effort backed by critics of Common Core has come up short in Baton Rouge.
 

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