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Jun 19, 2014 12:02 AM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Acadiana Superintendents Address Jindal's Move to Remove PARCC

Although Governor Bobby Jindal is taking action to remove Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing in Louisiana, Lafayette Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper still plans to move forward with Common Core.

"We have invested a lot of money, millions. If they change to something else and we have
to get different kinds of computers or different software, then that's another expense. And people wonder why we don't have any money. We have to get some continuity here," said Lafayette Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.

Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau also plans to move forward with Common Core curriculum. However, Puyau agrees with Jindal's move to remove PARCC testing from the equation.

"PARCC may not be the best fit for students, not only in Vermilion, but Louisiana, because students might not have the skills necessary to manipulate the test that is online," said Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

St. Martin Parish Superintendent Lottie Beebe is on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Board, and says she's supporting Governor Jindal.

"B.E.S.E. will have to move forward with identifying a Plan B, but I want to encourage
educators throughout Louisiana to stand tall. We have faced reform initiatives for numerous years. We can make this work," said St. Martin Parish Superintendent Lottie Beebe.

The Louisiana Department of Education said their lawyers are researching the issue to see what happens next.

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