Common Core Opponents Turn To Grassroots Effort

BATON ROUGE (AP) — As students and teachers adjust to Common Core, a group of lawmakers is trying to build grassroots support for stripping the education standards from classrooms.

         The lawmakers are holding town hall meetings across Louisiana, looking to gain momentum for a planned push in next year's legislative session to undo Louisiana's decision to use Common Core.

         Earlier this year, the Legislature refused to strip the multi-state standards from public schools. Rep. Brett Geymann, a Lake Charles Republican, said he hopes new pressure from parents and teachers can persuade his colleagues to change their minds.

         Gov. Bobby Jindal is on Geymann's side, saying he'll ask lawmakers to jettison Common Core.

         But Education Superintendent John White, a majority of Louisiana's education board members and key legislative leaders continue to support the standards.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte

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