From a press release state Rep. Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) put out this afternoon…
State Representative Cameron Henry, District 82 (R – Metairie), will file legislation seeking withdrawal from the Common Core national educational standards implemented by the Obama Administration. Representative Henry believes improved standards and testing can best be achieved at the State level.
“I am proposing legislation to withdraw from Common Core because I strongly believe it is in the best interest of our children to continue to be tested under the existing system used in our State” wrote Representative Henry in a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal. “Improved standards and testing can best be developed under the direction of Louisiana parents, teachers and the Louisiana Legislature” Henry wrote.
Henry further wrote: “Governor, between now and the legislative session, you have the power to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core State Standard Initiative and PARCC testing. I strongly urge you to direct the Superintendant of Education to inform the federal authorities of Louisiana’s intent to withdraw from Common Core and PARCC” Henry concluded: “This action on your part would be in the best interest of Louisiana parents, teachers and students.”
Representative Henry has requested a meeting with the Governor to discuss how to best achieve withdrawal from the Federal mandates and a strengthening of State efforts. He is reaching out to legislators in both parties to secure co-authors and support for the proposed legislation. He is also urging his fellow legislators to reach out to the Governor to share their concerns and those of their constituents, about Common Core and PARCC.