Some lawmakers hope to sideline Common Core

Article By: Will Sentell | January 27, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The push to derail Louisiana’s move to the national academic standards called Common Core is shaping up as a political brawl in the state Legislature.

The new classroom rules, which are set to take full effect this fall, are expected to spark dozens of bills in the session that begins March 10, including efforts to end state participation in the more challenging reading, writing and math goals.

“I can give you 50 reasons why it is bad,” said state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles. “But the most important to me is we ought to have control over our own education.”

Backers say the tougher classroom rules, which have been adopted in 44 other states, are one of the keys to preparing students for jobs in the 21st century.

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