Common Core fight moves from Louisiana Legislature to fall elections

Jun 10, 2015 by

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Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to sign the Common Core compromise bills approved by the Louisiana Legislature, but that doesn’t mean the conflict over the controversial academic standards has come to a close in this state. It means the fight is shifting from the Louisiana Capitol to this fall’s ballot box. Supporters and opponents of the standards will start working to get their own representatives elected to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Legislature.

“Yes. Governor Jindal will sign these [Common Core] bills,” Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said after the final bill for Common Core compromise passed the Legislature Tuesday (June 9). “The next step is to elect leaders who are committed to getting rid of Common Core.”

Put together by lawmakers a few weeks ago, the compromise calls for an extensive review of Common Core. This review would technically start in the fall, but most of the decisions on what changes to make to Louisiana’s academic standards — and whether to scrap Common Core altogether — wouldn’t take place until early 2016.

By that time, Louisiana will have elected a new governor, Legislature and state school board. Under the legislative compromise, all three of those bodies will heavily involved in the academic standards review, and could ultimately decide whether Common Core will remain in place.

Common Core supporters and opponents agreed to the legislative compromise because both camps are equally confident they will win next fall’s elections, particularly the seats on BESE.

“That’s the advantage of the compromise. With it being on the timeline that it is, we have a chance to change things with the elections,” said state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, the leader of the Common Core opposition in the Legislature.

Source: Common Core fight moves from Louisiana Legislature to fall elections | NOLA.com

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