COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // FEBRUARY 5, 2016

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Jindal Lawsuit against Common Core Scrapped by New Governor
Associated Press
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday he will end the state’s lawsuit that alleged the state was coerced into adopting Common Core State Standards. Gov. Edwards’ office said the newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act, which bars federal authorities from incentivizing education standards, coupled with Louisiana’s work to refine its standards, makes the lawsuit “educationally and financially unnecessary.” “My administration will not continue the practice of wasting taxpayer money on lawyers and lawsuits that instead could be much better used in the classroom,” Gov. Edwards said. A Louisiana judge previously ruled former Gov. Jindal had done “irreparable harm” to students by seeking to impede implementation of the standards.

Common Core: Playing ‘Political Football’ with Education
Athens News Courier
Many policymakers and school administrators in Alabama oppose legislation filed by State Senator Rusty Glover that seeks to repeal the state’s Common Core Standards. “[Alabama’s College and Career Readiness Standards] are not a political movement,” says Shelley Vail-Smith, curriculum director of Limestone County Schools. “It’s a political football: people throw it around and sometimes they don’t even know what it is.” “We have legislators who apparently also want to be education policy makers,” adds Mary Scott Hunter, a member of the State Board of Education. “I suggest they consider running for a school board.” A white paper by the Collaborative for Student Success notes that in Oklahoma politicization of the Common Core set the state down a “rocky path of disruption, uncertainty and internal turmoil.”


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West Virginia Leaders Sponsoring Common Core Repeal Bill
Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia lawmakers who previously pushed for repealing the state’s Common Core Standards filed another bill to do so this week. The legislation was introduced by House Education Committee Chairman Paul Espinosa and Majority Leader Daryl Cowles. Espinosa called the bill, HB 4014, a “starting point” that would require the state to develop new education standards and aligned assessments by the 2017-18 school year. Mike Green, president of the State Board of Education, rejects the bill. “Our teachers and our students don’t deserve this continuous, relentless disruption.” Here is where the repeal legislation gets it wrong: http://bit.ly/1TIOG7T

How Does Education in Your State Compare to the Rest of the World?
GOOD Magazine
The United States’ education system is “in chaos” as evidenced by the “rise and fall of Common Core,” the article alleges. While the piece correctly notes that for a long time academic expectations could “vary widely, state by state, district by district, school by school,” it ignores that most states have begun to implement rigorous education standards and high-quality assessments to address the issue. Here is where the article gets it wrong: http://bit.ly/1R9Xp2m


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Landry Says He, Not Edwards, Will Determine if Common Core Appeal Continues
ABC Baton Rouge WBRZ
The same day Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will end the state’s lawsuit over Common Core State Standards, newly elected Attorney General Jeff Landry said he will review the case. “As Louisiana Attorney General, I am intervening in this case and I will determine if it will proceed,” Landry told reporters. Gov. Edwards’ office responded, “If the Attorney General feels there should be further litigation, he will proceed using his own resources and have to defend that to the taxpayers.”