Common core opponents plan Saturday rally

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Opponents of tougher

classroom standards called Common Core plan to rally at the state

Department of Education

on Saturday at 10 a.m.

A group called "Stop Common Core Coalition

of Louisiana" said in a prepared statement received by The Advocate the gathering will "bring awareness to all citizens of the

insurmountable flaws of the Common Core state standards initiative."

The new guidelines have been adopted in most states and are being phased in in public school classrooms throughout Louisiana.

State Superintendent of Education John White and other backers contend the new rules will add needed rigor to courses and

make students more competitive with their peers worldwide.

Louisiana endorsed the standards in 2010, and they caused little controversy until recently.