Fight over Common Core in Louisiana continues with BESE special - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fight over Common Core in Louisiana continues with BESE special meeting

Louisiana education leaders are set to discuss Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order to get rid of the standards. (Source: WAFB) Louisiana education leaders are set to discuss Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order to get rid of the standards. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The battle over Louisiana's use of Common Core education standard will continue at a special meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) on Tuesday.

State education leaders are set to discuss Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order to get rid of the standards.

While lawmakers and education leaders go back and forth on this issue, teachers are the ones in the middle of the dispute and they are not sure where to turn.

The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said educators are feeling mixed emotions right now, all of which, he said, could have been avoided if questions about Common Core were answered years ago.

"The bottom line is our state suffers, our kids suffer and the future becomes very dark for the state," said Steve Monaghan, president of the LFT. "It's up to the governor and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to figure this out and get it done. Teachers will start school and they're be prepared to teach. Where the real danger here is, is if this isn't solved in a clear fashion then teachers are going to wonder, ‘What am I being judged by?'"

Monaghan added the best thing for lawmakers to do right now is come with a "Plan B," something that won't harm teachers and districts that have spent time and money preparing to implement Common Core or those who haven't had the opportunity to do so.

"We all ought to just become a little more adult about the situation and depoliticize it as much as we can and start talking about it in terms of really how it affects children in the classroom and teachers that are teaching them. We all know teachers are leaving the profession now, especially in Louisiana, in an accelerated clip. And this is part of the reason," Monaghan explained.

Besides coming up with a plan that would be in the best interest of all parties involved in this argument, Monaghan said it would also do the state some good to take a year or two to go back and take a look at the best way to improve education standards long term. In the meantime, he recommends teaching instead of constantly testing the kids.

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