The letter below was delivered to Governor Jindal today, which informs him of my efforts to file legislation for Louisiana to withdraw from the nationally imposed Common Core standards and the PARCC testing regime:
Dear Governor Jindal,
I am writing to inform you that I am filing legislation for Louisiana to withdraw from the nationally imposed Common Core standards and the PARCC testing regime and to strengthen our efforts to improve standards and testing here at home. I ask that you please join me in working to pass this legislation that furthers our common goal of ensuring success for Louisiana’s children and allowing parents to continue to be the key drivers in the education of their children.
I have spent considerable time reviewing common core material and meeting with concerned parents of public, private, parochial and home schooled students. I am convinced as a parent and a legislator that it is in the best interest of the State of Louisiana and its children to withdraw from the Common Core standards and PARCC testing.
There are numerous reasons to be deeply concerned about these new, nationally mandated standards:
- Common Core eliminates parental oversight and replaces it with the judgment of bureaucrats in Washington.
- Common Core standards underwent no public or private scrutiny prior to adoption and implementation.
- Common Core overrides the educational reform decisions we have made here in Louisiana, with regard to curriculum, educational standards and the proper role of parents and teachers.
- Common Core and PARCC testing threaten the privacy of our children and the security of our children’s’ personal data. This is not acceptable.
- Furthermore, like the costs of the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana cannot afford the longterm costs associated with implementing PARCC testing.
I am proposing this legislation 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. Improved standards and testing can continue to be developed under the direction of Louisiana parents, teachers and the Louisiana Legislature.
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 the Common Core State Standard Initiative and PARCC testing. This action on your part would be in the best interest of Louisiana parents, teachers and students. You have stated that you are opposed to a national curriculum. What began as a plan to develop standards that states could adopt voluntarily has now become a tool of federal coercion. Our State is looking to you to preserve our sovereignty and the role of parents in education. Please start by withdrawing from this onerous initiative and supporting legislation to strengthen our State standards and testing as part of the educational reforms we have fought for together in recent years.
I look forward to an opportunity to meet with you to discuss these critical issues that impact every single school age child in Louisiana, and their parents.