Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White announced Thursday the state would drop out of Common Core State Standards Initiative, the federal government's rigorous grade-by-grade educational standards, for at least two years, The Times Picayune reported.
Instead of Common Core's English and math expectations, White said the state would be shifting to "a long-term, 10-year view of what our education system can accomplish with these standards."
The announcement came after months of pressure from parents, teachers, and political groups urging the state to delay or drop the standards all together, the newspaper said.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was lambasted for blaming the growing opposition to the controversial Common Core state education standards on wealthy "white" mothers upset to learn their children are not as bright as they thought."
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