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Common Core Debate (2014)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-04-04

Duration: 00:11:53

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2014 | Education | Common Core State Standards Initiative | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Louisiana School Boards Association


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Geymann, Brett Speaker
  • Pujol, Patrice Speaker
  • White, John Speaker
  • Roemer, Chas Speaker
  • Richard, Scott Speaker
  • Meza, James Speaker
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Richard, Scott Interviewee


This segment from the April 4, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-depth report on the ongoing debate over Common Core at the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. It includes highlights from the testimony before the House Education Committee by State Representative Brett Geymann, Superintendent Patrice Pujol, Superintendent of Education John White, BESE Board President Chas Roemer, Scott Richard of the Louisiana School Boards Association, and Dr. James Meza on Geymann’s bill creating the Student Standards Commission to assess the Common Core standards and develop state standards for Louisiana’s public schools. It also includes Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s on-set interview with Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and Scott Richards of the Louisiana School Boards Association. They discuss: the defeat of Geymann’s bill; the problems with the implementation of Common Core around the state; why CABL opposed Geymann’s bill; the confusion over Common Core; the remaining Common Core bills in the legislative session; and the anxiety over the PARCC assessments.