Louisiana politicians are calling for the state to pull out of the Common Core. The governor’s support looks shaky. And a group called Stop the Common Core in Louisiana just held a rally outside the state board of education offices in Baton Rouge.
It seems like a dire, or at least precarious, moment for the new academic standards that Louisiana has been moving toward over the past three years, along with most other states.
And yet, in another way, support for the Common Core looks as solid as ever.
In other words, Louisiana is going through a slightly bewildering interlude in the politics of education, one filled with pitched rhetoric from tea-party-backed politicians who worry the Common Core is a scheme by the federal government to introduce a national — and perhaps liberal — curriculum, but also one in which a few important dominos appear close to toppling in a way that might lead the state to abandon the new standards.
To hear some officials speak of the controversy, it seems almost like a sudden, inexplicable fever.
“I’m really taken aback by the sudden change of events,” said state Sen.