Local teachers react to looming Common Core showdown - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local teachers react to looming Common Core showdown


There is a legal showdown brewing over Common Core in Louisiana.

on Tuesday, BESE voted to hire an attorney in case they want to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal over his effort to cut Common Core test funding.

The board also approved a motion requiring State Superintendent of Education John White to meet with Jindal by July 18 to try and reach an agreement without litigation.

Teachers in Calcasieu Parish attended the meeting with some even testifying. Some felt the board had their mind made up before the meeting.

"They just didn't seem to care and they already had their decision made," said Leslie Truax, a teacher in Calcasieu. "It didn't matter what anyone said when they sat at the table. We were only given one minute to give our concern. Big business, these groups were given three minutes."

"We were a little disappointed to find out that they decided to proceed with litigation because now we know it's going to be a long, drawn out, costly process which is not in the best interest of our students," said Marla Benjamin, also a Calcasieu teacher. "We feel like if we're not there being watchdogs, seeing what's going on, who will? Who's going to be there to speak for the children of Louisiana?"

Truax and Benjamin said they hope a decision is made quickly so everyone can prepare for the start of the school year.

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