State lawmakers will get down to serious business this week on the hot-button topic of the Common Core educational standards. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- Wednesday and Thursday, state lawmakers will wade into the political storm swirling around the Common Core educational standards. As political theater goes, this one promises lots of high drama. Here’s the story line.
Nobody paid much attention when Louisiana adopted Common Core in 2010. That changed quickly once the program started phasing in. Parents complained that the new curriculum was confusing. Many couldn’t even help their kids with their homework. And many kids who used to make A’s and B’s started bringing home C’s, or worse.
Now educators and lawmakers face a full-scale rebellion. Some want to repeal Common Core altogether. Others want to change major parts of it.
Common Core supporters say the higher standards will make Louisiana students more competitive, and prepare them better for college. Opponents say it will federalize local public schools.
It would be nice if Gov. Bobby Jindal would lead on this issue, but that’s not in the cards. Years ago he supported Common Core. Now, he’s crawfishing.
That leaves lawmakers on their own, which is never a good place for them to be – especially when the political heat is on.
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