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Louisiana Public Square tackles the controversial issue of the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts on Wednesday, January 22 at 7PM on LPB and 9PM on WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans. Louisiana is one of forty-five states that have adopted these national academic standards. Supporters say the standards will increase rigor and help every student learn what they need to succeed. Critics say the standards are untested, being poorly implemented and lower expectations for students.

So, what do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core? Do the new guidelines encourage students to think and be more persuasive, or do they stifle educational innovation by removing local control?

Up to 20 average citizens will have the chance to give their opinions on the topic and question a panel of experts on the subject. The panelists include retired educator and public education activist Lee Barrios, Maya Bennett, a Teacher Leader on Common Core; Ken Bradford from the Louisiana Department of Education; Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles, and ExxonMobil Plant Manager Ken Miller.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director, Kirby Goidel, moderate the discussion. Program features interviews with Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White; Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association; Keisha Fleming, Iberville Elementary 5th grade Math teacher; Mercedes Schneider, Ph.D. a 10th grade Language Arts teacher; Ken Miller, ExxonMobil Plant Manager; and Barry Erwin with Council for a Better Louisiana.

Louisiana Public Square is simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and will air on Thursday, January 23 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.

This program is made possible in part through funding from Education’s Next Horizon and ExxonMobil.

For more information, visit the LPB website at lpb.org/publicsquare.

Published: January 17, 2014
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