Disappointed is the word Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper used when asked about Governor Bobby Jindal’s back pedaling on common core. It wasn't that long ago that governor Jindal praised common core saying it would "raise expectations for every child. “ Fast forward to present day the governor is now joining other legislators trying to uproot years’ worth of time, money and effort.Superintendent Cooper said this is a political move that if approved would have negative effects throughout our state.
"He's got a pretty good track record of courting the national scene as opposed to helping Louisiana and Louisiana’s children. I do think it will be hard to scrap common core despite what he is saying. I think there will be some backlash and lawsuits” said Dr. Cooper.
According to Superintendent Cooper, others are joining the effort to scrap common core.
“My own association the Superintendents association and the Louisiana School Board Association are trying to undo it also. That's particularly upsetting because they are my fellow superintendents, fellow educators, and school board members who are supposed to be protecting our children. But how are you protecting them when you are willing to keep something that's kept our state 49th in the country?”
Dozens of educators recently signed a letter, which reads "We value the work we have done, our students have done, our parents have done, and we are here to insist you value that work too."
State superintendent of education John White told a Senate Finance Committee Monday that eliminating common core and state testing aligned with the new standards would cost about five million dollars initially to develop new tests in the first year and to administer them.
Dr. Cooper said if common core is scraped in the Bayou State he will keep it in play until he absolutely has to stop.