BATON ROUGE, La. -- An intense conversation about Common Core curriculum quickly took shape at a House of Representatives education committee meeting on Monday.
“So do you have any data that you can send to me, that I can give to a concerned parent, and/or my wife, that says that this works?" said State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.
Lawmakers pressed State Superintendent of Education John White and State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Chas Roemer with tough questions because they say they have a tough job ahead.
"I'm working on legislation,” said Schroder, R-Covington, “I know some other legislators are working on legislation. There are concerns that I have, that have been expressed to me from parents."
Topics on the table for that legislation include how student data is collected, how parents are involved in the curriculum, how much state control is over teachings at the local level and how much implementing Common Core is costing.
"We believe the standards, with a little bit of work, could work for Louisiana,” said Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, “What really does need to happen is that a curriculum that has been built for Louisiana, by Louisiana teachers, needs to be created."
Roemer said, "We actually give more authority to the classroom teacher than we've ever given before in determining their own curriculum and they're tools that they use to teach their students.”
Parents who came here for the hearing from St. Tammany say they appreciate the efforts to put new legislation in regarding Common Core, but they'd actually like to see the program stopped all together while that work is being done.
"I would hope that they would take a step back and really look into Mr. White is presenting," said parent Debbie Sax.
Whatever the result, the process is likely to be a challenging one.
Schroder hopes to have his bill ready in the next few weeks and, in the meantime, is seeking parental input. The next legislative session begins in March.