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McKinley Architects & Engineers

Williamson Shriver Architects

The Thrasher Group

February 5, 2016 - Volume 36 Issue 4

The AP (2/2, McGill) reports the Louisiana Student Standards Steering Committee, a panel of 26 Louisiana educators, approved revisions to Common Core standards changing 26 percent of the math standards and 18 percent of the English standards. To go into effect next school year, the revisions now must be approved by the state board of education and then state lawmakers. If adopted, the new standards would represent a compromise between critics and supporters of the Common Core standards in the state. Louisiana School Boards Association’s Scott Richard abstained from the vote saying that new standards should not be adopted without also providing teachers new resources that are aligned with the standards.

Panel Oks Common Core changes for education board vote


“Flower in the crannied wall”

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

- Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809 – 1892), Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign. Tennyson remains one of the most popular British poets. excelling at short lyrics.  A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplace in the English language, including “’Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all” and “Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers.”


“Every little rule about running the schools has been usurped by the legislature. We stood by basically allowing it, trying to be cooperative and participate with them in the process.” – Wade Linger, following his resignation from the West Virginia Board of Education

“In December, leaders and members of the Legislature met with Mr. Linger and others to share concerns and specifically requested that the Board delay implementation of the new standards until February to allow the Legislature to have productive input. Instead of working with the Legislature, the Board proceeded to approve the standards in December, leaving the Legislature no choice but to speak for the citizens who elected us through legislation.” – House Speaker Tim Armstead, reacting to Wade Linger’s resignation from the state school board

“I strongly oppose H.B. 4014 as written because I view it as a disruptive and a destabilizing bill that would disrupt the educational delivery model. It will prevent our young people from becoming college- and career-ready.” – Supt. Michael Martirano, speaking against a bill to ban Common Core from West Virginia

“Have standards that make sense for West Virginians. People in the Eastern Panhandle learn different than people in the southern part of the state, but having them all take the same, one-size-fits-all test does not make sense to me and to many of the teachers that teach it.” – Delegate Michael Moffatt

“I have nothing against home-schooled kids at all and nothing against their parents or whoever teaches them. But I look at this as perhaps kind of again a little bit of a slap in the face to those of us who have gone through the educational process.” – Delegate Michael Ferro, speaking against a bill the House of Delegates passed to relax requirements on homes-schoolers.

“This is a national security issue. In an all-volunteer army, if we can’t go out and pull kids in who have high school diplomas, we’re not going to have enough folks to serve in the military.” – Major Gen. Jim Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard on expanding enrollment in the Mountaineer Challenge