Common core ban resolution fails

The state Senate scuttled a resolution Thursday asking the state to withdraw from a new set of educational standards.

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 68 would target what is known as common core — a set of standards adopted by nearly every state to give students more depth on key subjects and make students more competitive with their peers worldwide.

Among the issues raised by the resolution: the standards were developed through the financial resources of private foundations, bypassing local school boards; the state has little control over changes; and students’ religious practices will factor into tests and assignments.

The resolution recommends the immediate termination of “all plans, programs, activities, and expenditures relative to implementation of the common core state standards.”

Local tea party members back the termination.

The resolution’s sponsor, state Sen. A.G. Crowe, said citizens should have input into the common core standards embraced by the Jindal administration.

“I do not want to short circuit the public forum process,” said Crowe, R-Slidell.

State Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, made a motion to withdraw the resolution from the Senate files, essentially erasing the proposal from existence.

“Is the (resolution) that volatile?” asked state Sen. Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge.

Appel said it is well documented that common core is a good plan. He said he does not want any hurdles to raising the educational bar in Louisiana.

“I don’t want to unwind something we’ve hardly rolled out yet,” he said.

The Senate rejected a bid to adopt the resolution, with eight members voting in favor of the proposal and 27 voting against it.

Without objection, the chamber agreed to withdraw the resolution from the Senate’s files.