Sunday, October 20, 2013

Vermilion Parish Superintendent Demands DOE Accountability on Common Core

Thank you to Superintendent Jerome Puyau and the Vermilion Parish School Board for setting the record straight about the sloppy and rushed implementation of the Common Core in Louisiana. BESE member Lottie Beebe has also pointed out that local school systems have not been given adequate assistance from the State DOE in implementing the Common Core. See Dr Beebe's letter to the editor on the Crazy Crawfish blog.

 This article about a Vermilion Parish school board discussion of the matter points out that the State DOE moved up the schedule for implementation without consultation with local school systems. The State DOE also reneged on a promise to provide curriculum materials to local school systems.

Superintendent Puyau explained that local school systems, individual schools and teachers will be held to strict accountability by the state even if the standards were not properly phased in. One of the Vermilion Parish school board members asks the question: "Who will be held accountable at the state level for the improper implementation of Common Core?"

Vermilion Parish is going on a campaign to involve other local school systems in objecting to the improper preparation by the State for the Common Core State Standards.

The St Tammany Parish school board which manages one of the most successful school systems in the state has already passed a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards.