Opponents seeking to remove Common Core policy protest at State Capitol _lowres

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD – Common Core opponents state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, left, and former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness, of Mandeville, visit with teachers and parents visiting the State Capitol Wednesday to demonstrate against the academic standards program.

About 200 red-shirted opponents of Common Core are visiting the State Capitol Wednesday to demonstrate for bills that would sideline the national academic standards program.

Tiffany Guidry, of Moss Bluff in Calcasieu Parish, said the administrators of the Facebook pages set up by opponents in parishes around the state coordinated the event. They thought the bills that would have withdrawn Louisiana from the national program would be scheduled for hearing today. But House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said at the beginning of session that he first wanted to deal with higher education legislation and that the anti-Common Core measures would be taken up in early May.

Members of the groups, however, took the opportunity to buttonhole legislators to talk about doing away with Common Core.

The group heard from prominent opponents, including state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, left, and former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness, of Mandeville,

The Common Core standards in reading, writing and math have been in public school classrooms since August.

Geymann is sponsoring House Bill 373, which would require that, starting with the 2017-18 school year, the standards would require the approval of the Legislature.

A variety of anti-Common Core bills by Geymann and others died in the House Education Committee last year.