Louisiana lawmakers travel to learn about Common Core opposition
Michelle Southern Reporting
A Delegation of anti-Common Core state lawmakers are headed to Oklahoma today to hear how leaders there were able to successfully repeal the education standards. Among them will be Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann who says they'll be meeting with legislators who passed bills that reassert state control over standards and tests.
"We'll go out there and visit with them and their staff just to go over some things that worked for them," said Geymann. "We want to see if we can incorporate some of those ideas into what we have tried in the past and what we're planning on trying out in the next session."
Geymann says they feel Common Core standards are a form of federal government intrusion into something that should be a state matter. He says they want to learn more about how Oklahoma and other states are working to develop better education solutions at the state level.
"The question is how are we going to get to that majority of legislators in the House and Senate to be able to feel comfortable in doing that," said Geymann. "We want to go learn from the guys who have just done it in a state that somewhat represents our political makeup."
Geymann says they plan to integrate their findings from Oklahoma into their ongoing leadership in efforts to craft sensible solutions for replacing Common Core. He says this federal overreach in Louisiana's classrooms needs to stop.
"Parents are very concerned and teachers are very concerned," said Geymann. "We need to find a way to get out of this."