Coaltion asks Gov. Jindal not to mess with Common Core
Chris Miller Reporting
After Louisiana lawmakers didn't pass any legislation changing the state's plans to be in line with nationwide "Common Core" educational standards, Governor Bobby Jindal is considering what executive authority he has to make changes.
More than three dozen business, education, and civic groups have asked the governor to keep the new academic standards. Council for a Better Louisiana president Barry Erwin reminds the governor that most members of BESE and the Legislature support Common Core.
"We just hope the governor would honor the word of the legislature and BESE not to do anything to get Louisiana out of Common Core," Erwin said.
Common Core are new academic standards in reading, writing and math that will go into full effect in the upcoming school year. Erwin says over 40 states are also using Common Core, which will increase rigor in the classroom. He says it will give Louisiana an opportunity to see how its students compare with the other students across the country.
It is not clear what Jindal can do administratively to end Louisiana's association with Common Core. One possible option is issuing an executive order that prohibits the use of the tests associated with Common Core. Erwin questions whether the governor has the legal authority to do that.
"I think the question is, can the governor do something to delay the testing?" said Erwin. "When you delay the testing, you delay the teaching of Common Core."