The Three La. Common Core Development “Teachers” Work for LDOE

Here are your three “teachers” from Louisiana who “developed” the common core. I think Common Core finally makes a certain amount of sense now. The math portion was developed by a PE teacher from LDOE. No wonder my daughter has to add up so many basketballs and then divide them by the number of soccer balls to the kickball power, foursquared.


This is the story of two press releases and three Louisiana “mystery” teachers involved in “developing” CCSS.

The first is the July 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) press release for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics work groups– the “inner circle” that is the only group identified as “developing” CCSS based upon the language in the CCSS MOU (memorandum of understanding).

This first press release does not clearly identify any Louisiana classroom teachers.

As it turns out, in September 2013, both NGA and its CCSS copyright owner, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released another document, supposedly listing the same information: CCSS ELA and math work group membership.

The names on the two documents do not exactly match. In fact, the 2013 document– released three years after CCSS was completed— includes what appears as an effort to show that…

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4 thoughts on “The Three La. Common Core Development “Teachers” Work for LDOE

  1. I, the Carolyn Sessions referenced in the above, have a lifetime Type A teaching certificate #A036453 issued 6/20/1980. Areas of certification include: Mathematics Grades 6-12, Computer Science Grades 6-12, Computer Literacy Grades 1-2, Principal Grades K-12, Parish School Supervisor of Instruction Grades 1-12 as well as two other certifications, neither of which is Physical Education.

  2. Of course she stands by CC-especially since it doesn’t affect her!

    Sessions is best known for her work on the pre-Common core standards. One of the many like Beben who came to the state initially for probably less money per hour so they could have some power instead of staying in schools where they could really make a difference for kids.

    They were both infamous hardasses on standards and policy, but because of the sad state of affairs at the LDOE that on one hand we have the TFA and Broad and corporate-owned kids in charge, now they belong to the classified leftovers doing basically nothing but collecting salaries.

    When White came in Beben (Sessions’ former boss) was demoted and reduced to having no staff and given a new madeup policy advisor role probably to keep her quiet while she still probably collects over $80000 salary.

    Freeland left a few years ago to go back to teaching English in Sabine Parish where being a fanatical right wing religious nut is apparently desirable in their public school system.

    Just a little point of interest. The old and new standards have unquestionably been dominated by this breed of hardass math teachers and grammarians-we all know the type.

    1. I’d be more than happy to discuss these things on even footing. I make my blog available for anyone to comment. The house ed committee only gave parents 2 minutes to cite evidence about destructive influence of CC and gave shill organizations like Stand For Children that is funded to support common core and related corporate entities 4 hours to cite their opinions and lie.  

      Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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