ICYMI: Louisiana Voters Overwhelmingly Support Common Core Candidates
On October 27, 2015, Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, issued the following memo on Louisiana’s recent State Education Board election results:
As last Saturday’s Louisiana State Education Board elections results clearly showed, the vocal minority’s attempts to ignite opposition to the Common Core State Standards among voters largely flopped, similar to the Governor’s position on the issue.
Earlier this year, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a Common Core compromise bill in hopes that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) would then vote to repeal the standards for Louisiana students. A Jindal spokesman said: “The next step will be to elect leaders who are committed to getting rid of Common Core.”
But the mistruths and controversy being driven by Common Core opponents in the state failed to reverberate with voters during the Oct. 24 races for positions on Louisiana’s education board. Supporters of the high comparable standards swept all six races on the 11- member board and two remaining seats are in runoffs with votes in November.
In addition to Common Core supporters sweeping the BESE panel, Conrad Appel, incumbent State Senator and chairman of the Senate Education Committee defeated his anti-Common Core opponent, John LaBruzzo, after both candidates ran with an education reform-centric agenda.
Now that Louisiana voters have spoken so strongly, it will be interesting to see where the two gubernatorial candidates stand.