“Shame on any politician who won't stand with the majority of everyday parents and educators to maintain higher standards for kids."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has defied his state legislature and state
Superintendent of Education While by issuing executive orders today to
withdraw from the Common Core state standards and a federally funded Common
Core testing group testing group.
Jindal also instructed the state legislature to develop its own set of
standards next legislative session to replace the Common Core. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken
away from our parents and educators,” he said at a press conference. “If other
states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every
right to make that choice.”
Jindal, a likely presidential contender in 2016, was once a staunch
supporter of the standards. But he has changed his mind amidst mounting
opposition and tea party pushback.
He said his office has notified the Council of Chief State School Officers
and the National Governors Association that the state intends to withdraw from
the Common Core. His office also notified PARCC that the state intends to
terminate its relationship with the consortia. He said the contract with PARCC
is in violation of state law because it did not go through a competitive
Jindal’s said his executive orders would set up such a process to replace
the testing group’s exams with a high-quality test at the lowest cost possible.
On Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan defended the Common Core and
addressed the growing partisan divide over the standards on "CBS This
Morning." He noted that Jindal was once in favor of the standards. "Gov. Jindal was a passionate supporter before he was against it,"
Duncan said. "In that situation it was about politics. It's not about
education. That's part of the problem."
Jindal responded by
saying he wouldn’t allow the federal government to bully him over the Common
“The proponents of Common Core claim it is not a federal takeover, but
Secretary Duncan's comments and actions prove otherwise,” he said.
Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, a nonprofit education association that
helped develop the Common Core, said Jindal’s move amounted to playing
"On the same day a new WSJ/NBC poll shows overwhelming
public support for Common Core, with only a vocal minority of ideologues
opposing it, some elected officials still insist on playing politics with
children's futures,” he said. “Shame on any politician who won't stand with the
majority of everyday parents and educators to maintain higher standards for