Common Core en Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.<p>Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 65278 at The Politics Of The Common Core Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the <a href="">Common Core State Standards</a>, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.<p>"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:32:56 +0000 Juana Summers 64892 at Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<p>And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &#160;<p>Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 63413 at Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday" data-attribution="Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Bobby </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards. &#160;</span><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 62855 at What Students Think About Common Core This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts.<p>Math teachers covered fewer topics in greater depth. English teachers cut back on fiction and assigned more supplemental readings — articles and essays that gave more context to, and offered up opinions about, classic works of literature.<p>Did students notice these changes? Is the Common Core on students’ radar? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 62287 at Common Core Debate Heads to Governor Jindal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its standardized testing.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:46:52 +0000 Associated Press 61928 at Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>“I’m not a communist.”<p>But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.<p>“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”<p> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61216 at Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core? <div>On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards.</div><div>&#160;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda </span>Deslatte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> helps explain all the hubbub.</span></div><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><div>&#160;</div><div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 57742 at Contending Over Common Core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.<p>Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 57643 at Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Bill Feig / The Advocate" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.<p>But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 56678 at