Opening what could be a controversial process, officials of the state Department of Education on Tuesday announced 92 nominees to review Common Core.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will have the final say on the list at its June meeting.
The issue will likely spark arguments because the panels that will do the review will have a major say in how BESE revises the new academic benchmarks in reading, writing and math.
Opponents of the standards have already said they are concerned the committees will be loaded with pro-Common Core educators.
The nominees include 26 members who would serve on the Standards Committee, the steering panel that will make the recommendations to the state board.
Another 29 educators and other experts will serve on the kindergarten-second grade content subcommittee; 29 on the English/language arts subcommittee for students in grades 3-12 and 29 on the mathematics content subcommittee, also 3-12.
Department officials said they will recommend that BESE choose nine others, including one from each of Louisiana’s six congressional districts and three at-large members.
That means the four committees would total 101 members.
The nominees include 57 school-based educators, 24 school district leaders, five representatives of colleges and universities and 15 education and parent advocates.
“First, they are professionals with first-rate records of serving Louisiana students,” state Superintendent of Education John White said in a prepared statement.
“Second, they represent the broad diversity of region, background and perspective necessary for an open and thorough process,” White said.
White, who backs Common Core, has said he sees the review as one where the standards would be modified without scrapping five years of work.
Critics of the standards see the study as a chance to get rid of the academic benchmarks.
Under original plans, BESE was supposed to have the final say in how Common Core is changed.
However, legislative leaders announced a three-bill plan earlier this month that would extend the process.
That plan would require public hearings on the standards in all six congressional districts.
In addition, once BESE settles on a set of changes, those recommendations would be reviewed by the state House and Senate education committees.
Those panels would have the authority to approve or reject any changes, but could not change them.
Future governors would have the same power.
The key measure in that package — House Bill 373 — is set for House debate on Wednesday.
The list of nominees on the powerful Standards Committee include Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers; Jeanne Burns, associate commissioner of teacher and leadership initiatives for the state Board of Regents; Hollis Milton, superintendent of the West Feliciana Parish School District; Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association; Kathy Riedlinger, chief executive officer for Lusher Charter School and Keith Leger, program manager for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.