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Common Core Debate Begins In House Education Committee

Common Core Debate Begins In House Education Committee

Lawmakers on the House Education Committee are considering whether Louisiana should scrap its participation in the Common Core education standards and the standardized testing associated with it.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has dodged the issue for months. It remained unclear Wednesday where the governor stands on a bill by Republican Rep. Brett Geymann to have Louisiana draw up its own education standards in a multi-year process instead of using Common Core.

The state education board agreed in 2010 to phase in the Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states as a way to compare states' performance and add more rigorous training for students. Education Superintendent John White supports the standards.

Backers of Geymann's bill say the standards didn't get enough public and legislative review and implementation was poorly-handled.

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