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Bobby Jindal Issues Order to Scrap Common Core
Governor Bobby Jindal made a bold move to eradicate the mess that is Common Core, by pulling his state out of the highly controversial educational program.
Defying state lawmakers and a top education official, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday plans to pull Louisiana from Common Core education standards and federally subsidized standardized tests, declaring on Twitter that the Bayou State will not be bullied by the federal government.
The Governor ordered his state to participate in competitve bidding to replace the standardized tests in Common Core, he also said that the state legislature could develop their own set of guidelines.
Speaking in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Mr. Jindal said he sent a letter to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers notifying them that the state will not use the tests it is developing for Common Core. He also issued an executive order requiring state education officials to have competitive bidding for the standardized tests.
He also directed the state education officials to develop “Louisiana standards” that state lawmakers could take up in their next legislative session.
The legislature did not act to scrap Common Core during its legislative session earlier this month.
This makes the fourth state to reject Common Core. Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma have also decided to scrap it.
However, there seems to be push back already in Louisiana.
Meanwhile, a top education official in the state says Jindal can’t unilaterally get rid of the standards so they will implement them anyway.
“The state will continue to implement the Common Core Standards… this is a long term plan we have been working on for four years and committed to another 10 years of implementation. We are not willing to subject our children to last minute changes to throw our system into educational chaos,” said John White, the state’s superintendent of schools.
His detractors are saying this is merely a political move, so Jindal can appeal to the grassroots Tea Party movement which is against Common Core, in preparations for the 2016 presidential elections.
Since the Louisiana governor showed early support for Common Core standards, some are calling his change of heart a political maneuver as he considers a run for the White House.
“This is an important enough matter where we’ve got to take a stand, and as governor of this great state, one of my responsibilities is to make sure we don’t give up on our Tenth Amendment right,” Jindal said, reports the Washington Times. “That we don’t give up to the federal government powers that don’t belong to the federal government. These are powers that belong to state and local government. This is an important enough fight.”
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