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.

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         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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