LaLege, Louisiana, Policy, Politics, Reform

Why is the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents Conspiring to Kill Common Core?

Originally posted on PE + CO: Louisiana Education Legislation Update:

La. Association of School Superintendents President Patrice Pujol, Secretary Hollis Milton, and Vice President Michael Faulk - a.k.a.,  The Tea Party's Three Stooges

La. Association of School Superintendents President Patrice Pujol, Secretary Hollis Milton, and Vice President Michael Faulk – henceforth to be known as the Tea Party’s Three Stooges

A report in The Advocate this morning has brought to light an effort by the leadership of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS) to cut a back-room deal with Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to kill Common Core.

Will Sentell writes that LASS has been in ongoing negotiations with Rep. Brett Geymann (R-Lake Charles) and Rep. Rep. J. Rogers Pope (R-Denham Springs), the co-sponsors of House Bill 381, one of the most odious anti-Common Core bills filed for consideration this session. Specifically, the legislation would require Louisiana to drop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and force the state to draft an entirely new set of standards. The new standards and their accompanying tests would be drafted by a 30-person commission made up…

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LaLege, Louisiana, Policy, Politics, Reform

An Education Rogues’ Gallery 2.0: Common Core Edition

Originally posted on PE + CO: Louisiana Education Legislation Update:

The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature officially convened last week and the looming legislative battle over the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is finally expected to erupt at today’s House Education Committee Meeting.

CCSS has been the focus of ominous headlines in the Times-Picayune (“Common Core likely to push state budget out of spotlight during 2014 legislative session“), The Advocate (“Flurry of bills to address core academic standards“), and the Shreveport Times (“Common Core tops list of educational issues for parents as legislative session nears“) in the past few weeks.

Given all of the attention, one might assume that scores of lawmakers are seeking to reverse or delay Louisiana’s adoption of the standards, when in fact, the opposite is true. Rather, a small handful of legislators have filed literally dozens of bills that seek to undermine Common Core, perhaps in an attempt…

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