Gov. John Bel Edwards greets children on State Capitol steps _lowres

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards talks to the children of state workers who came to the State Capitol Friday to participate in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

The first question Gov. John Bel Edwards took Friday from a throng of children on the steps of the State Capitol was why state government changed the name of the annual test they took this week.

Edwards, obviously expecting some query about his chickens, was momentarily taken aback.

“Good question,” he said. “Well, Common Core has been a hot issue around here.”

He then explained that much of the “negativity” revolved around the test that evaluates student progress in reading, writing and math. The tests last year to this were very similar, but are now called LEAP 2016, a less hot-buttoned moniker.

Edwards then went on to offer that the first family is in the process of naming the chickens he brought to the Governor’s Mansion.

The children of state workers came to the State Capitol to participate in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” They toured the House and Senate chambers and heard from Edwards’ Chief of Staff Ben Nevers.

Edwards offered to sign their excused absences from school and told the children to thank their parents. “They could have sent you to school today,” he said.

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