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St. Tammany parents sound off on controversial Common Core


SLIDELL, La. - For many parents in Slidell Thursday night, it was a battle against a program they believe is hurting - not helping - their children.

A crowd of parents and teachers attended a town hall meeting on the Common Core Standards Program, a series of education benchmarks being implemented in Louisiana schools.

"Look at the standards that we're having here. Common Core, I don't like it," said Joy Rawls, a grandparent.

"I want us to have standards, but I want realistic standards," said another woman.

Common Core standards are now in place across 45 states and the District of Columbia, but many parents in St. Tammany Parish want see them go.

So do parish School Board members.

At a separate meeting in Covington Thursday, the School Board voted 14-0 to formally ask state leaders to back out of the program.

Meanwhile, back in Slidell, some parents said their kids are having problems.

"All of a sudden, she's not doing as well as she's previously done, and so the teacher made me believe that it's the Common Core curriculum that is having her to struggle," said Kimberly Young.

One teacher spoke out in favor of Common Core, saying it's raising the bar for Louisiana's students.

"Our kids deserve to score nationally with everybody else across the nation," said Debbie Green, an elementary school teacher. "You may consider it something that is federally-controlled. No, no it is not federally-controlled. St. Tammany Parish School System has control over what we do here. Common Core is just standards. It's not a curriculum."

Still, some parents believe the program is going to harm their kids.

"We have children that are stuck in this transition that are failing and are not going to be successful because they're getting caught in the cracks," said Felicia Bertaut. "They're falling through the cracks. They're the transition kids that are going to get left behind."

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