UPDATE: Louisiana's House Education Committee has voted down a bill backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to repeal the Common Core standards in the state. The 12-7 vote came last night and Jindal's support for the measure (he once backed the Common Core, but has now waffled) put him up against legislative allies.
- Louisiana's House Education Committee are debating the Common Core State Standards.
- In question is whether the standards, adopted by the state in 2010, are a good option for the state's students, and the lawmakers will look at bills that would throw out or rework the K-12 reading, writing, and math standards.
- Louisiana's Board of Education last year gave schools more power in deciding what materials and curriculum to use in teaching the standards, which are meant to hold schools nationwide up to the same guidelines.
The Common Core has proven to be a much more contentious issue than many initially expected it to be, due in part to concerns ranging from content being too hard to fears that it will be used to indoctrinate students to various political agendas. A Public Policy Research Lab study sheds light on how much misinformation is out there, though, showing that 49% of respondents weren't very familiar with what the standards are.
Bill Gates addressed this very notion at last month's 2014 Teaching & Learning conference in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, the public hasn't been properly educated, and support from the Obama administration hasn't particularly helped promote the standards in an increasingly divided country. Still, some concerns, such as a continued reliance on standardized testing, are justified.
Indiana has already become the first state to drop the standards, and Oklahoma recently limited federal control over them. Louisiana may very well be on its way to joining states that have limited the Common Core or thrown it out all together.