The Louisiana House Education committee on Tuesday scrapped HB 558 introduced by State Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metarie) on a 12-7 vote. The bill would have prohibited PARCC from being administered and provided for the continuation of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program tests and the standards on which those tests are based. They also voted down HB 381 introduced by State Representative Brett Geymann (R-Lake Charles) which would have created a Student Standards Commission to develop state standards for required subjects for public school students that would also eliminate the Common Core.
Morgan Wood, is a dad and husband to Sarah Wood, one of the lead activists against the Common Core in the state. We highlighted her testimony before the State Senate Education Committee last week. Mr. Wood wrote an excellent email to the members of the Louisiana House Education Committee (shared with his permission). Needless to say members of the Committee need to receive more emails like these.
Dear House Education Committee Members,
Your performance during the Education Committee meeting on 4/2 for HB381 and HB558 was TRULY AMAZING!! I was unable to attend because I had to work, but I made it a point to watch the video over the internet.
My observation of what happened is that you all had educated and researched parents and education leaders with Rep Geymann from the BEST performing parishes in the state telling you that all this PARCC AND COMMON CORE initiative is detrimental to their children WITH PROOF.
Then on the other hand, you had paid organizations, parents, teachers and students, who skipped their charter schools for an unexcused reason, from the WORST performing parish (Orleans) probably just above or below Carter’s parish (Baton Rouge) telling you that Common Core is the “magic carpet ride” up to a Wonderland of education coupled with testimony from new age slave masters of business and industry, foaming at the mouth to create MINDLESS drones like cogs in a wheel as their workforce, WITHOUT PROOF.
AND YOU OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE WITH THE MOST REMOTE STAKEHOLDERS IN THE ROOM, THE BUSINESSES AND PAID NON-PROFITS AND WITH THE HISTORICALLY FAILING PARISHES! WHAT DO YOU THINK THE OUTCOME IS GOING TO BE IN THE LONG RUN? UNBELIEVABLE AND THEN YOU ALL WILL SCRATCH YOUR HEADS AND SAY, “WHY CAN’T WE SEEM TO FIX EDUCATION IN LOUISIANA?”
But what is even more despicable than your vote, were the actions by the Chairman and his demeanor during the hearing. Comrade Carter, do you not realize that the camera is on you during the entire proceeding and that body language speaks louder than words? Huffing and puffing, picking your nose, turning your back on parents, while they have two minutes to pour out their hearts and plead for their children with absolute proof for their positions; and to be treated like minions before the privileged and powerful decision-makers and then giving absolute, undivided attention and leisure time to the business Giants and organizations who obviously own our Capitol and the poor souls in support of Common Core, who are being exploited and brainwashed to believe that this is their silver bullet to save them. You sir, are a disgrace to the position you hold and an embarrassment to the chair that you sit in. Back in the day when men were honorable and that meant everything, you probably would have been tarred and feathered as a traitor to children and the Constitutions you swore to uphold.
I DO EXCLUDE THE SEVEN MEN WHO KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND VOTED FAVORABLY AND THANK THEM FOR MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE.
Maybe before the next round of bills, you should try to see what everyone else can see and what you all made very obvious to the thousands of us working stiffs watching the video.
Our Children Are Products in Service of Big Business
Morgan J. Wood, Sr.