Nov 4, 2013 8:15 PM by Alex Labat

Common Core Defended Before State House

A legislative committee is trying to get a clearer understanding of a subject that's become the topic of debate for many--Common Core.

State Superintendent John White and BESE President Chas Roemer were on hand to give a briefing on what the state should expect to see with the new standards. But with the tougher expectations in the classroom comes tougher questions from some state representatives.

With so many unanswered questions, some representatives expect more meetings on the topic.

While the meeting was meant to clarify exactly what common core was, there were many representatives left with more questions than answers.

"There really isn't a whole lot of disagreement that this transition has not gone well," says one of the Louisiana legislators at the discussion today.

The superintendent did clear up some confusion: science and social studies will remain the same for the time being, and school districts will be allowed alternate options to PARCC testing if their computer systems aren't up to snuff.

State Representative Wesley Bishop from District 99 in New Orleans says, "I understand the legitimate concerns of any parent who wants to make sure that the teachers are given the material or getting what they need in order to properly impart this to their children."

Due to the nature of the meeting, the public was not allowed to comment, but say they also have a lot to say about the transition to the new standards.

"I really don't think that John White is necessarily being as truthful about some of the information that he's giving, or the perceptions that he's giving to the legislators," says Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators.

While the standards are still in a transitional period, Superintendent White says five years should have been plenty of time to transition.

Alex Labat


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