More than two dozen groups said Thursday they back Louisiana’s push for more rigorous academic standards, called Common Core.
“Transitioning to higher standards is critical to every student in Louisiana who has a big dream for his or her life, and we know that includes every student in our state,” said Rayne Martin, executive director of Stand For Children, in a prepared statement.
Others who endorsed the standards are the Public Affairs Research Council, Council for a Better Louisiana, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Exxon Mobil, New Orleans Chamber, Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
The standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, are being phased in to public schools and will take full effect during the 2014-15 school year.
Critics contend the guidelines amount to federal intrusion in local school issues.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he favors classroom rigor but also has concerns about the standards and would oppose any “federalized curriculum.”