Panel rejects Jindal-backed bill to kill Common Core

Article By: Will Sentell | April 3, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Despite last-minute support from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office, a bid to scrap the hotly debated Common Core academic standards was rejected Wednesday night by the Louisiana House Education Committee.

The first proposal was House Bill 381. The vote was seven in favor and 12 opposed.

A few hours later, the same committee rejected a second anti-Common Core measure, House Bill 558, dealing a major blow to efforts to derail the academic goals during the 2014 legislative session.

Earlier, Jindal’s office quietly lined up behind the first proposal, HB381, which sparked more than seven hours of often heated testimony and debate.

It would set up a 30-member commission to draft new academic goals, which would then require approval of the Legislature.

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