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Area teachers stand together against Common Core

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Teachers from Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes, as well as a handful of teachers from Lafayette, held an anti-Common Core rally Monday afternoon at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The teachers said they are against Common Core and that it doesn't work.

"I don't think this is ever going to work. I think it is something they bought into without thinking it through all the way," said Candice Upmeyer, Sam Houston High School teacher.

"We're experienced teachers and we are finding some issues with these standards and we would really like to have them addressed rather than being told to stay the course. That's not really a solution to any issues that we have," said Marla Baldwin, Gillis Elementary teacher.

Speaking against Common Core hasn't been easy for most of these teachers. They said most of their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

"I hate to say it, but their administrators are discouraging them from speaking out because the administrators have been taught and told they are right in their stances," said Terry Holden, Louisiana Association of Educators.

The teachers say with less flexibility, it's difficult to reach all of their students.

"The hardest part is watching them fail and not succeed, which is a big difference in my classroom from the years before," said Upmeyer.

"We understand that they need to be challenged and they need to struggle, but at some point you get to an unhealthy level of stress and frustration. And that's what we are starting to see with the kids," said Baldwin.

Still believing it's not too late, they're optimistic they could still get the support they need to do away with Common Core.

"We would just like to see our children taken better care of with a curriculum and set of standards that we derive here in Louisiana. And that's really what our goal is," said Holden.

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