ASCENSION PARISH (WBRZ) - An educational initiative has some Louisiana parents saying they have no voice when it comes to their child's education.
"The nation itself doesn't understand our values here," said parent Crystal Matherne.
The Common Core initiative defines what students need to learn in English and mathematics. Educators and supporters say it raises achievement levels needed for college and careers. The initiative has been adopted in 45 states, including Louisiana. The goal is for Common Core to be implemented in supporting states by the 2014-2015 school year, but some areas, including Ascension Parish, have already integrated it into all education levels.
"We want their kids to be college and career-ready. We want everything in our power to assure that their students reach the standards, master the standards and that we are providing the highest quality education possible," said Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol.
Parents at Tuesday night's meeting addressed their concerns about reading material, chosen by teachers to implement the standards. Some say their child is struggling with additional homework, and higher reading levels.
"And I won't have a voice as a parent to be able to say, 'No, I don't want to them to read that,'" said Matherne.
"Parents are trying to talk, we're not getting any answers," said Kathryn Goppelt.
Educators who addressed parents at the meeting say their students are learning at a new level and find that Core is not limiting students.
Superintendent Pujol says the Common Core prepares students for their future and will help students prepare for state testing in the Spring.