The annual legislative session ends in less than two weeks. And so far, lawmakers have rejected major attempts to repeal or weaken the Common Core education 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 & Gambit Columnist
The fight to improve public education never ends. There’s no better example than the battles over Common Core educational standards. Those standards were first proposed by governors and leading educators, and many business leaders support them. It’s easy to see why: How can anyone reasonably oppose raising standards?
But, as much promise as Common Core holds, its rollout in Louisiana has been difficult. That triggered a backlash among many parents and educators. That, in turn, got the attention of some lawmakers.
So far, supporters of Common Core have defeated all attempts to repeal or water down the higher standards, which have been adopted by 44 states. A few changes around the edges may survive the legislative process, but it appears no wholesale changes will be made.
This fight is far from over. Governor Bobby Jindal has hinted that he may try to stop Louisiana from using the standardized test associated with Common Core. That, from a governor who once championed Common Core.
One would think that a guy who is arguably Louisiana’s best-educated governor ever would have more respect for concept of improving public education.