Newly minted Common Core bill may face governor’s veto

One of the few Common Core bills to emerge from the legislative session may be dead on arrival.

The measure, House Bill 953, would add an additional year to state plans to soften Louisiana’s accountability rules during the move to new academic standards.

The legislation won final approval in the Louisiana House on Sunday on a vote of 70-17. It earlier passed the Senate by a lopsided margin.

However, the plan may be vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“We have concerns with the bill,” Jindal said in a prepared statement. “We will review it when it gets to our desk.”

While the proposal breezed through the Legislature, it drew fire from both sides of the debate over Common Core, which represents new academic goals in reading, writing and math.

Critics of the standards said that, if the measure becomes law, it would further entrench Common Core and the tests that go with it.

Common Core backers have disputed the need for a third year of delays in state accountability rules during the transition.

While the governor has criticized the standards and the tests, his concerns about the bill are thought to focus on more delays in Jindal-backed education proposals from previous years, including letter grades for public schools and annual teacher reviews that link evaluations to the growth of student achievement.

The softer academic rules were in effect for the 2013-14 school year and will remain in place for the 2014-15 school year. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved that policy in December.

The bill, by state Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, would add 2015-16 to the list.

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