Common Core under fire; Vermilion Parish parents, school board members not happy with it
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Paul Romero talks to the Vermilion Parish School Board last week about Common Core.
Paul Romero talks to the Vermilion Parish School Board last week about Common Core.
Common Core, the new curriculum standard the Louisiana Department of Education has instituted in 2010, is under fire from parents, legislative members and the Vermilion Parish School Board. Heck, even Gov. Bobby Jindal may be second guessing Common Core.

Parents complained at last week’s Vermilion Parish School Board meeting about Common Core. They wanted to know if the School Board could get rid of Common Core and adopt new curriculum standards.

Charles Campbell, the president of the School Board, explained to the audience it was the state’s Department of Education that adopted Common Core, not the local school board.

Paul Romero, a parent, addressed the school board and educated them on the problem Common Core is undergoing throughout the United States.

“Common Core is being axed in a number of states,” Romero told the school board members. “I put my education in public schools against anything Common Core has to offer. We are not helping out students. We are dumbing them down.”

He said if the school board members would investigate more into Common Core, they would learn its “real agenda.” He said around 10 states have already killed Common Core. “This should be the next state to do that,” he added.

Rep. Cameron Henry, R-New Orleans, plans to file a bill during the 2014 legislature session to remove Common Core from public schools. Rep. Henry urged Gov. Jindal to find new guidelines.

Gov. Jindal responded to Rep. Henry’s comment by releasing his own statement about Common Core.

“We share those concerns,” Gov. Jindal said Tuesday morning in the Advocate Newspaper. “We support rigor and high academic standards that help ensure Louisiana students are getting the best possible education. “What we do not support is a national or federalized curriculum. We need Louisiana standards.”

Vermilion Parish School Board member, Anthony Fontana, told the audience at the school board meeting it was time for “Jindal Reform” and he encouraged the audience to begin contacting their friends and neighbors to call their legislators and complain about Common Core.

Fontana added that the Vermilion Parish School Board went on record and supported a certain candidate who was running against now BESE Board member Holly Boffy.

“You need to ask your local candidate (Boffy) what she is doing on the BESE Board,” Fontana said. “We have opposed Bobby Jindal’s plan every single minute that I have been here. Who has voted every single time with Bobby Jindal? Vermilion Parish’s representative on the BESE Board.

“The goal of Jindal’s administration is designed to destroy public education in Louisiana,” Fontana said.

Boffy, who was not at the school board meeting, responded to Fontana’s remarks on Tuesday. The first thing she pointed out is that Common Core was approved by the BESE Board in 2010 when she was not even a member on the board.

Destroying public education is not in her plans, she said; however, improving public education is.

“I don’t want to destroy public education,” said Boffy, who graduated from Abbeville High School. “I want our kids to have a better education. I don’t want our state to rank 49th in the nation in education. I want our children to have a better education than what we are getting now.

“I am not worried about what the people think of me,” she added. “I know what I am doing for the children is the right thing.”
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