The Advocate reports that the Louisiana House Education Committee plans to hold a hearing on the Common Core State Standards. They only plan to invite Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer, the president of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Louisiana House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said the gathering will give committee members, and any other House member who wants to attend, a chance to pose questions.
Carter said no legislation is pending before the committee, and the Legislature does not launch its 2014 regular session until March 10.
“Since we can’t vote on anything I don’t see the reason for us to have it open,” Carter said, meaning a hearing where the public can weigh in.
“I think that anytime such major initiatives are addressed by the Legislature that will affect every student, every parent, every citizen in Louisiana that there should be consideration given to allowing for stakeholder input and citizen input,” said Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association.
Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, said the hearing seems to be a way for White and Roemer to address legislators “without any interference from outside sources.
“It always concerns me that the public isn’t allowed to give input of any kind at a public meeting,” Meaux said.
This hearing should be made public. The decision to close the meeting to the public and only invite speakers who pro-Common Core lacks transparency.