BATON ROUGE, La. - Should parents, teachers, business leaders and school administrators be given the task to create new learning standards for students?
That's being considered as an alternative to moving forward with the contested Common Core curriculum and it drew hundreds to the Capitol Wednesday to weigh in.
St. Tammany parent Debbie Sachs said, “It's not the perfect option but it’s an option and there's hope I'm just hoping that like I said that the people will actually be represented."
"If we allow this bill to go forward, basically we're going to be leaving our students stuck in transition," said Lafayette teacher Amy Deslattes.
House Bill 381 creates a Student Standards Commission with 30 people from across the state and community spectrum. If approved, while the group develops the new direction for schools, classrooms will stay with the level of Common Core in place today.
Supporters of the bill say this way of setting standards offers input, transparency and accountability.
St. Tammany Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said, “What I'm asking today is to slow this thing down and allow this commission to get that input from our stakeholders and then move forward in something that we can all support."
Opponents say many arguments seem less about the standards and more about implementation issues, making the bill disruptive to progress.
"I would ask anyone who opposes, which test and which standards do they want," said State Superintendent of Schools John White. The other four bills that were not considered today include having teachers take the Common Core testing before students and letting local school districts create their own standards.
There were no dates set for reconsideration of those bills. The other bill on Wednesday’s agenda calls for preventing LEAP tests from being replaced by a Common Core-related assessment test, referred to as PARCC.