Aug 7, 2014 4:22 PM by KATC

Louisiana lawmakers to travel to Oklahoma to explore Common Core alternatives

A Vermilion Parish lawmaker will be among a group of legislators headed to Oklahoma later this month to talk about Common Core standards and possible alternatives.

State Representative Bob Hensgens was among seventeen lawmakers to file suit last month, asking for a judge to immediately suspend Louisiana's use of Common Core standards. The lawsuit stated the Department of Education didn't follow the proper procedures for rolling out the standards in public schools.

Hensgens will be with some of those same lawmakers who filed suit, traveling to Oklahoma on August 22nd to explore other options for Louisiana's education standards. Oklahoma is one of several states that has repealed Common Core standards after first adopting them. Hensgens tells KATC that they are meeting with officials there to see how they did it, get ideas for possibly doing the same here, and explore other alternatives to Common Core.

Hensgens says he wants tougher standards, but those that are developed by Louisiana citizens who have the final word on questions seen on exams. "I believe it's an insult to Louisiana citizens that we can't come up with our own tough 21st century standards for our children's education," says Hensgens.



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