Common Core

WRKF
3:03 am
Wed April 8, 2015

K-12 Testing: Questions of Content and Funding

Geymann vs. White

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:32 am

It wasn’t a comfortable conversation, as Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann — a Common Core opponent — grilled Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White in the House Appropriations committee meeting Tuesday. At issue were plans to purchase new batteries of state standardized tests.


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KEDM
2:23 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Common Core: Blame Lies With Name?

A poll conducted by LSU finds that state residents largely oppose education standards that are called Common Core, but support the overall concept.  

Results showed that only 39 percent of respondents said they support Common Core.  

But LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Dr. Michael Henderson says there was a significant difference when the question dropped the label. "When you ask about the same program, but take out the name, 67 percent support it," he said.

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WRKF
1:16 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Turning Back the Clock on Common Core

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:03 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal is serious about getting rid of Common Core, as he made clear in announcing a package of legislation last week.

This is a plan that removes Common Core from Louisiana, and replaces it with "high-quality Louisiana standards,” the governor announced at a Wednesday press conference.

While no one questions his intent, some of Jindal’s former allies in the education reform movement have grave doubts about the methodology the governor wants to employ.

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Education
6:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Common Core Math Standards Add Up To Big Money For Education Companies

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The politically controversial curriculum standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business.

When thousands of math teachers descended on New Orleans earlier this year, two words proved more seductive than chocolate. Or sex. Or even quadratic equations.

Common Core.

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WRKF
5:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Legal Battles Over Common Core, Confusion Over Testing Continue

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 8:45 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended state testing contracts in June to block the implementation of Common Core -- a set of benchmarks for what students should know at each grade level. State District Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling late Tuesday lifting that suspension.

But, wrangling continues over just which tests Louisiana students will be taking this year. 

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Latest News
7:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Judge Backs Use Of Common Core Materials

A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by Common Core supporters, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state education standards.

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday.

He said Jindal's suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core is causing harm to parents, teachers, administrators and students.

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WRKF
5:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Dispute Over Common Core Aired in Testing Contracts Hearing

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:29 am

UPDATE: Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling late Tuesday in favor of Common Core supporters. The written ruling lifts Gov. Bobby Jindal's suspension of the contracts for tests to be administered this school year. Read the ruling

A group of parents and educators — later joined by the state school board — sued the Jindal administration last month after the governor suspended contracts for test materials aligned with Common Core education standards. A state judge heard arguments in the case Monday. 

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Latest News
7:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Board Of Ed. To Consider Suing Gov. Jindal Today

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Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting later this morning on the ongoing battle to adopt Common Coe education standards.

The board will consider whether to sue Governor Bobby Jindal in the ongoing dispute.

Jindal opposes the multi-state standards.

Education Superintendent John White and most members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education continue to support them.

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WRKF
7:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:55 pm

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.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.


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Education
4:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Politics Of The Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his plan to remove Louisiana from tests associated with the Common Core.
Melinda Deslatte AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:08 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the Common Core State Standards, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.

"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators."

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