BATON ROUGE, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal and state education Superintendent John White are expected to meet Thursday to discuss the highly controversial issue of Common Core testing in the state of Louisiana.
Thursday's meeting comes after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) made a second attempt Wednesday to compromise with Jindal on the national education standards.
During the attempt, BESE members tried to offer the governor a way to compromise on how to approach Common Core, saying they would agree to meet the governor halfway, in order to come up with new testing standards before time runs out. However, that attempt was struck down within a matter of hours.
All sides of the issue are hoping for a compromise, but currently there is a political tug-of-war on how students will be tested during the upcoming school year.
Jindal has issued an executive order to do away with the education standard, and the governor has said in the past that Common Core is an across-the-board plan that has too much government involvement.
Jindal also suspended a contract that state Superintendent John White had hoped to use for Common Core, originally White's way of keeping the standard and bypassing the governor's initial executive order.
The BESE Board voted to keep Common Core, and Superintendent White says contractually, the state is still obligated to use the standard.
The entire issue and the arguments surrounding the issue have left the question of what will happen in the upcoming school year, which is now just around the corner.
The goal of Thursday's meeting is a compromise to find a middle ground in order to move forward this school year, with either a way to phase out Common Core in the state of Louisiana, or to update how the state will test students in the future.
Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols believes it will take several lawmakers and educational leaders to reach an agreement on testing standards, but she believes there is light at the end of the tunnel and that an agreement will in fact be made.
A final issue at hand is the time of the meeting. The meeting will take place at 4:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon, and some are concerned the meeting is taking place too late in the day.