Sep 23, 2013 3:34 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Jefferson Parish lawmaker is urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called the Common Core.
Republican Rep. Cameron Henry sent Jindal a letter asking him to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core, calling it a "tool of federal coercion."
Henry posted his letter online Monday. He says he'll seek to bar Louisiana from Common Core in the next legislative session.
Common Core standards measure skills and knowledge in subjects such as math and English. They are being phased in by Louisiana, adopted by the state education board in 2010.
Supporters say the uniform standards will better prepare students for college and careers. Critics say Louisiana is abdicating local control of its curriculum to the federal government.
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