Letter: Governor’s fairy tales create student nightmares

I’m sure you remember “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs,” right? Great stories your mom or dad told you at bedtime to lull you to sleep. While these well-loved stories were undoubtedly a core part of your early years, as you got older, you learned that these were, plain and simply, make-believe. While delightful and entertaining, they have no truth.

Just like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs,” the continued accusation by Governor Bobby Jindal that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Superintendent John White did not follow the law is nothing more than a make-believe story created to rock Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to sleep for years to come while another decade of students snoozes its way to a life filled with diminished opportunity and no chance to achieve the dreams it once held.

The debacle around Common Core and PARCC in Louisiana has turned into nothing more than a political battle for our governor. Meanwhile, BESE and Superintendent White continue to follow the law, adhere to the administration’s near daily new requirements and restrictions and stand strong for kids by seeking rational solutions that move this process forward legally, thoughtfully and in as chaos-free, swift and clear a direction as possible. It is evident that BESE and Superintendent White continue to stand for what’s best for students while our governor tries to manipulate Louisianians with make-believe stories and by overreaching into policy that is not rightfully his to dictate.

Make-believe stories may be fun and entertaining for children, but as adults we must always put politics and agendas aside to seek the truth — especially when our students’ lives are at stake. No amount of gubernatorial scheming, storytelling or overreach is acceptable when it’s our students who will pay the price.

The events of months past have been beyond disheartening, and in the past few weeks they became despicable. One must ask just how much damage this administration is willing to inflict on children in the name of advancing its own agenda.

And the follow-up question is: How far are we going to let them go before we come together to protect our students?

Will you allow the make-believe stories to shatter students’ futures, or will you seek the truth and stand for kids today?

Rayne Martin

executive director, Stand for Children Louisiana

New Orleans