Jindal announces plan for Louisiana to back out of Common Core
June 18th, 2014
04:56 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal announces plan for Louisiana to back out of Common Core

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core academic standards, announcing an executive order aimed at blocking the testing program in the state.

At a news conference, Jindal said he's sent a letter requesting his state's withdrawal from the program to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) - a conglomerate of states developing the standards for students in the subjects of English and math.

"It's certainly no secret that I am opposed to the Common Core. It's also no secret that many parents are opposed because they're worried that the federal government in D.C. is trying to mandate education standards for their children in classrooms in Louisiana," Jindal said.

The Republican governor once supported the academic standards, signing Louisiana onto the education initiative in 2010. But Jindal now joins many fellow conservatives in opposing Common Core.

In announcing Louisiana would now back away from the education guidelines, Jindal explained his new stance as a response to the federal government's takeover of the standards.

"Before the federal government began using Common Core to dictate policy to the states, I was initially supportive of it," Jindal said.

Unlike others governors who have withdrawn from Common Core with support from the state legislatures, Jindal is trying to get Louisiana out of the program through executive order, as many Bayou state lawmakers support the education guidelines.

"Common Core has not been fully implemented yet in our state. We need to start this process over. It was rushed in the beginning. It was done without public input," he said.

"Now that we understand the federal overreach involved, we need to slow down, we need to make the right decision for our students."

Recently, Republican Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Mike Pence of Indiana have all brought an ends to Common Core standards in their states.

Jindal is term-limited as Louisiana governor and is considering launching a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Another potential White House hopeful, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, supports Common Core. He argues the standards help prepare students for college and the workforce. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another GOP possible White House contender, is also in favor of the standards, which apply to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the subjects of language arts/literacy and math.

Since 2010, more than 40 states have signed on to the initiative, which is sponsored in part by the National Governors Association.

A new national poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal released Wednesday indicates 27% of Americans support the Common Core standards, with 32% saying they are somewhat in support of the program, and 31% opposed.

Jindal has ramped up his public opposition to Common Core in recently weeks, blasting the standards at a major Republican conference in New Orleans last month as a part of a broader argument for limited government conservatism and against federal overreach.

The conservative group American Principles Project applauded Jindal's move away from Common Core.

"Today, the Governor stands alongside the moms, dads, and other citizens of Louisiana who are pushing back against the federal overreach," Emmett McGroarty, the organization's director, said in a statement.

"In so doing, he has reaffirmed the Framers' intent that state government will guard the rightful interests of the state's citizens."


Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Education • Louisiana
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I worked in New Orleans for two years. It was the longest decade of my life. At least one third of the cars on the road had no license plate, just a piece of cardboard on which "License Stolen" was written in very old, sun-faded Magic Marker lettering. These vehicles also had no insurance so Uninsured Motorist insurance was very expensive. I once saw a child of ten or so sitting in the lap of his clearly drunk father driving a car down the Interstate highway. Several times I encountered Cajuns standing in an open elevator waiting for someone to get on who knew how to operate the elevator. A major bridge near my home in Slidell was "legally closed" because it was so decrepit but it was left open on a "Use At Your Own Risk" basis because people needed to get to the other side. The people in Louisiana are incredibly sociable in the "Party Hearty" but they are the most anti-societal people in the country. Louisianans are unwilling to pay taxes to support schools or safe roads, they cheat on taxes at every chance, they refuse to obey vehicle registration and insurance and even driver's license laws, they elect and reelect known crooks like Edwin Edwards and revel in the fact that their governor is a known crook, they refuse to demand decent public education, and far too many of them are far too ignorant to participate in a healthy economy. (But, damn, they can throw a fine party!) So, it is no surprise to me that Louisiana will opt out of Common Core, all while their current slick crook of a governor repeats the lie that Common Core comes from the federal government.

    June 18, 2014 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Dave j

    NYT/Wall Street Journal poll shows 27% favor, 32% somewhat support, and 31% are opposed. Looks like the Wall Street guys took their 10%....again!!

    June 18, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Doublestandard

    It is not about common core people. It's about not allowing the federal govt to take state rights. Hate to educate liberals who don't read but the constitution is about protecting individual and state rights. Duh. I guess common core would never have taught that.

    June 18, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Keep'um dumb and unhealthy, is that the plan Piyush?

    June 18, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. American

    Jimmy Carter's department of education has failed our children for 50 years.

    June 18, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Chris

    The thing that bothers me the most about Common Core or any other federal program that under the "the federal government is overreaching" argument is that it almost never comes with a state-level replacement. It's just "the feds want us to do this so we're not going to.". Way to take care of your kids.

    June 18, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Name

    Next hurricane...no money. Can't have it both ways. Either support the Federal govt or leave

    June 18, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Len

    Keep Louisiana poor and stupid. Way to go Bobby!!!!

    June 18, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. NameMilt thorn burg

    Common core is communism in disguise. It is horrible.

    June 18, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. kenneth myers

    Another example of the software bigotry of low expectations. The Governor, who posseses an elite education presides over a state so dependent on the federal government that he'd rather relegate the population to its position as a back water. Louisiana we bought it in 1812 and we are still paying for it.

    June 18, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Nogods

    Louisiana has schools? Who knew.

    June 18, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Name shadow

    Jindal likes to keep his voters dumb and broke.

    June 18, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. mg

    the intellectual juggernaut that is Louisiana will set their own course.

    June 19, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. Thomas

    And to think last weekend at the republican governors meeting , Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal asked Governor Rick Perry if he believed sewage was caused by human beings .

    Rick Perry / Bobby Jindal 2016
    Wider Freeways = Shorter Commute Times

    June 19, 2014 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. American

    Louisiana was doing so well when the bar was set lower than the 9th Ward! Darn common core!

    June 19, 2014 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Jack

    OMG! Here we go again, blaming the federal government for every ill. Wasn't it President Bush and the conservatives that passed "no child left behind" federal testing standards. And now the conservatives are trying to blame the Fed's via Obama for overreaching government. I am and strongly disagreed with "no child left behind" legislation. I felt their were a number of better option. So, Tea Partier's go complain to former President Bush!

    June 19, 2014 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  17. Jdc

    Common core is nothing more than a new name and pretty now for the NCLB act. The real problem is that we teach to the tests, and the real meat of education gets lost in the shuffle because it thwarts independent thought. Group projects on Hitlers rise to power by eleminating the possibility of there being a Mrs. Hitler, shortly after his love-in niece killed herself, and how that endeared him to the German women. German women viewed him as the perfect man capable of being a strong leader while resisting his urges to dabble in relationships that might render his image as either controlling or soft. Nothing like that can be graded on a scantron form, so kids will never really know how the NAZI party came to power and can make historical comparisons of similar failed ideologies. Each state should come up with its own tiered valuation system. The cores, or goals of each tier adjust as the information gets more obscure and difficult. Each states individual testing programs can be reviewed, rewarded, adjusted, and ultimately compared. Certain states will excel, while some will faulter. The ones that struggle can cherry pick from the good ones, and improve the style and infrastructure of their state in a way that sets up high school students for much more than meeting a core initiative. It can help a poor child from Louisiana to get an academic scholarship because his or her individual work in their state tier was exemplary and inspiring.

    June 19, 2014 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  18. sifto

    Why do you hateful eastern elites care, anyway?

    June 19, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  19. Txsportsman2012

    Hey Bobby,
    'we need to slow down, make the right decision for our students'
    So where exactly does Louisiana rank in graduation rates, dropouts, students moving on to college and real careers? I'm sorry, but preparing students for college is not a bad thing, unless educated and informed voters scare you...

    June 19, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
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