Parents have mixed reactions to Jindal's attempt to block Common Core

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Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal is having a change of heart when it comes to Common Core education standards.

Jindal issued an executive order Wednesday to try and block the curriculum from being adopted across the state.

Parents have a mixed reaction to the announcement.

"Common Core has become a one size fits all program that simply doesn't make sense for our state," Jindal said during a news conference, drawing a line in the sand when it comes to Louisiana's Common Core standards.

Jindal wants it gone four years after Louisiana adopted the curriculum, joining a total of 40 other states across the country.

It basically outlines what students should learn in English and math and allowing states to compare student performance at a national level.

However, Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or BESE, said despite the governor's attempt at blocking Common Core it is legally obligated to move forward with the plan.

"This is a long-term plan that we have been working on for four years and have committed to another 10 years of implementation on," said BESE Superintendent John White.

Critics of Common Core say it gives the federal government too much say over how and what we teach our children.

However, supporters insist Common Core will improve student achievement and better prepare kids for college and careers.

Stan Smith, interim superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board, agrees.

"We put in a lot of time and effort into adopting what's defined as Common Core. It's adding rigor and critical thinking skills into the classroom, and we certainly think that's important," said Smith.

Eyewitness News caught up with Pamela First and her family at City Park. The Slidell resident's son is entering seventh grade, and First thinks Common Core needs to stick around but be fine tuned.

"I still think they need to work out the program and everything. The teachers don't really have an understanding of it either," said First.

Harold Cade is a father of two and thinks the standards takes away from the overall learning experience. The Mid-City resident supports the governor's executive order.

"I feel that the Common Core standards take away from the holistic education of the student," said Cade.

Along with his executive order, Jindal is also threatening to suspend the contract that pays for Common Core standardized tests.

"This was a guy [the Governor] who was very much for Common Core a year and a half ago. Now that he's running for president, he's suddenly against Common Core," said Eyewitness News Political Analyst Clancy DuBos, who believes the executive order against Common Core is a political maneuver for a possible U.S. presidential bid. The order will likely be fought in court.

"There's going to have to a constitutional showdown over this in the courts. The governor clearly has some powers to give executive orders in some areas. This is one of those areas that needs to be tested, and it's going to probably be up to the Supreme Court of Louisiana to decide the extent of the governor's authority here," added DuBos.

 

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