Common Core Information Session Held

Monroe -- Among the many items Louisiana Legislators will debate during the upcoming session, will be Common Core standards that are set to take effect this fall.

The standards are designed to ensure that students from all over the nation graduate with a baseline of math and language skills.

This morning an informational session was held to help local business and civic leaders better understand Common Core.

Local business leaders say the panel, which included Ouachita Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Webber and Monroe City School Superintendent Dr. Brent Vidrine, was a good step in helping others understand what the Common Core standards are attempting to do.

"The fact is we have to continue to invest in education. Business owners, educators, legislators, we all have a huge part to play" said Blake Wheelis, State Farm Agent.

Backers of Common Core, which include Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White, say the Common Core standards are one of the keys to preparing students for jobs in the 21st .

Council for a Better Louisiana, or CABL, has also come out in support of the Common Core Standards.

The legislative session begins on March 10.

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