A member of the Common Core review committee quit her post Monday and said the process is geared to keeping the academic standards intact.
Margo Guilott, a retired educator who lives in Slidell, submitted her resignation to Regina Sanford, chairwoman of the panel that is conducting a review of the benchmarks in reading, writing and math.
Guilott, a member of the committee reviewing the English standards, said that during last week’s meeting in Alexandria she and others submitted a proposed additional standard to improve student creativity.
“By noon on Oct. 13, 2015, when we met in Alexandria, it was evident to me that the intent of the review process of the English Language Arts Committee was to minimize the number of changes to the existing document,” Guilott said in her letter to Sanford.
“In fact, 95 percent of the changes I had proposed that resulted from our meetings with teachers in St. Tammany Parish were not even considered in my small group,” she wrote.
Guilott said that, when she learned the proposed standard would not be added, “I was more than disappointed.”
“For me, the fact that the group would not even entertain the possibility of including one standard that focused solely on creativity was not acceptable and is the reason I am resigning,” she wrote.
Laurie Carlton, who chairs the English/language arts subcommittee for grades three through 12, said Guilott’s proposal on creativity was considered but rejected.
“They thought the idea was sufficiently addressed in the standards,” Carlton said, a reference to the subcommittee.
She said that, while Guilott left about 4 p.m. during a meeting that lasted until about 8 p.m., others advocated for her recommendation.
The action marks the second time in less than a week that the committee has come under fire.
Last week, state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, a longtime critic of the Common Core, and several other lawmakers complained that the review is not being run fairly.
Sanford said on Friday that the educators doing the review — one committee and three subcommittees — are doing a thorough, painstaking check and the process is no rubber stamp.
The review stems from legislation passed earlier this year and sponsored by Geymann.
The three subcommittees and one committee total about 100 members.
The Standards Review Committee, which oversees the work, will make recommendations to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Any changes will then be studied by two legislative committees and the next governor.
Geymann’s law was part of a compromise that was supposed to curb arguments in the 26-month-old battle over the Common Core.
However, what the review will produce has always been in dispute. Common Core critics have said they expect wholesale changes.
But backers of the overhaul contend the academic benchmarks need modifications, not a rewrite.
More than 100 changes in the standards have been approved for English, math and kindergarten through second-grade content.