John Bel Edwards on Education
Make charter school creation a local issue; end Common Core
While I do support charter schools, high-performing local school districts should have more control over whether charters open in their area. Currently, the Louisiana school board can authorize some new charter schools over the objections
of local school boards, regardless of their districts' performance. There needs to be more local involvement in the approval process. I will also push legislation aimed at undoing Common Core education standards if elected.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2015 LA gubernatorial debate
, Nov 10, 2015
Replace Common Core with more K-12 school funding
On the controversial topic of Common Core Standards, Edwards said, "I oppose Common Core standards in their current form for many reasons, but chiefly because they promote an over-reliance on testing to inform all aspects of teaching and learning, which
misinforms parents about the quality of public schools in our state."
Edwards highlighted that he has "never flip-flopped on this issue," citing his vote against Common Core in the last legislative session.
On school letter grades, Edwards
concluded, "A bad school letter grade is much more likely to indicate the level of poverty than the quality of teaching. A recent study of sixteen states that use school letter grades stated what we have always known: they are invalid and misinform
Edwards pointed to his leadership on increases to K-12 spending at the state level, saying, "I am responsible for the only increases in K-12 funding in the last seven years. $140 million worth. Bobby Jindal didn't ask for it. I did it anyway.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JohnBelForLouisiana.com
, Aug 11, 2015
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