Jindal announces plan for Louisiana to back out of Common Core
June 18th, 2014
04:56 PM ET
1 month 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Unlike others governors who have withdrawn from Common Core with support from the state legislatures, Jindal is trying to get Louisiana out of the program through executive order, as many Bayou state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. ProudDem

    Good grief...whatever the new fad is on the right, you can count on Jindal to jump on it.

    June 18, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Thomas

    CNN , that image of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is creepy .

    He looks like the last temptation of Christ went to his head .

    June 18, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. will never vote Republician again

    He wants to keep his state stupid. Easier to control and stupid votes GOP. So sad....

    June 18, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, yes. If one is the governor of the state dealing with some of the lowest test scores in America one could imagine not wanting subsequent scoring under one's own reign to become public fodder.

    June 18, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In so doing, he has reaffirmed the Framers' intent that state government will guard the rightful interests of the state's citizens."
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    Uh-huh.
    I don't think the Founding Fathers thought that the educational system in this country would deteriorate to the level that it has.
    Kids too stupid to spell their own names correctly, and that's just how the state of Louisiana intends to keep them evidently.
    God bless their hearts.
    I wonder how the Department of Defense is faring these days?
    I wonder if their cutbacks are impacting what they produce? Oh, but wait.....

    June 18, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Louisiana is home to some of the poorest Americans . Yet, Jindal refesed the medicaid expansion in Obamacare that would Help those poorest Americans in his state to receive health insurance and in turn receive their much needed Health Care!! Shame on Jindal

    June 18, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Jindal is a very smart man then !

    June 18, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Bill

    So in addition to being the second poorest state, Louisiana will also be the most unhealthy state (rejecting federal dollars for Medicaid expansion) and the most uneducated. Makes you wan tto pack up and move there right now. Pathetic. And this clown wants to run for president. I hope he does.

    June 18, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Nothing but grandstanding on the part of Jindal, who thinks this nonsense will somehow bolster his chances to be POTUS.

    Why? Because Jindal’s executive order may not actually be able to cancel the state’s memorandum of understanding (with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association) to implement the standards. While Jindal will be able to publicly state that he is ending Common Core implementation, he probably can’t actually do so. His order will most likely be challenged in court, at a waste of Louisiana taxpayer money, but who cares? If it keeps Bobby's name in the news, it's all worth it ....

    Right?

    June 18, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Jindal's playing the ol' "keep guvment out of our lives!" card (which, of course, doesn't apply when it comes to marriage equality or a woman's right to choose what to do with her own body ...).

    Jindal says that states' voluntary efforts to implement the standards represent a federal intrusion. Funny who Jindal was proud to have federal backing for his systemic reform efforts 5 years ago when he said that Louisiana was in “great position” to win a share of the Race to the Top competition. Ditto for his joy with federal support 3 years ago when Louisiana received a share of the $200 million in federal funding provided to states that lost out in one of the Race to the Top competitions.

    June 18, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. 1776usa2016

    GOP: We cannot have our Cajuns learnin' stuff.

    .

    June 18, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. peterz

    The "conservatives" did not allow anyone having a chance to be better than them.

    June 18, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    The dumbing down of the right wing electorate continues unabated.. Jindal was right.. about himself!

    June 18, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. tom l

    Just google 32-12 and tell me, as an adult, if common core makes any sense to you.

    June 18, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. PoBoy

    "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." I bet this pollster didn't first ask if the people knew what Common Core standards were, because if they had they would have discovered that the pollees had no clue what they were asking about. These polls are meaningless!

    June 18, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Thomas

    I am from Louisiana, born there and lived there for some 26 years. I do not live there now. My cousin, a nurse, once tried to organize the people in her city to stop a chemical processing plant, being developed by a company with a checkered past, from being built on the outskirts of the city. In a city of about 15,000 she was able to get (maybe?) 20 people to show up and voice concern. When her efforts made the local news the reaction was unbelievable. She was nearly run out of the hospital she worked in and harassed by the 'so called' conservative voices who viewed her as 'anti-industry' and a "liberal". Needless to say even when fish began to float in the bayou and rivers down from the plant the locals just shrugged their shoulders for the most part. The plant finally closed because they were found to be dumping water back into the river we all heard but somehow the reason given was that they could not make a profit. I am not sure if both or one is correct. I lived with this mentality for 26 years. It is not that the people are stupid, far from it I find, it is more a complete resistance to any kind of change particularly one that seems to be one that goes against the "old guard" mentality. It does not seem to matter much how logical the change may in fact be, if it can be branded in anyway as something as from the left or 'progressive" it will be resisted. Jindal is just another in a long line of people who need to dance to applause instead of sweating to educate his constituency to why some change is logical. Be sure in some way the Core Program has either supported a scientific approach to understanding the origins of humanity, supported anti bullying due to sexual orientation, supported tolerance to others and thus has been deemed a threat to the "standards" of Louisiana. You may also want to remember this is a state who elected a governor (over and over again) who was, several times over, indicted for all manor of economic theft. One of which was building unnecessary hospitals from builders who were his friends. In my city, population approximately 900, we were honored with once such facility. A 100 bed (200 possible patients) facility. As there were generally no more than 3-6 patients at a time the facility barely ran for years and any patient even remotely in crisis was transfered to the other local hospital a full 10 miles away. The hospital was eventually closed and made its way to community center, etc., and etc. Finally it was made into a drug/alcohol rehab center where, in a very sad commentary on my state, was operated at capacity and to my knowledge still is.

    June 18, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. SteveS

    God forbid that Louisiana should have education standards!

    June 18, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. iceload

    Common Core is like your credit score. Not allowed to see it or know how it was prepared until it's too late. The problem with it, there's no system around it. There's no guide that says "The expectation for this year is to cover, blah, blah, blah." There's no published review of the questions before they are sent. Teachers even are not allowed to see them. What's the secret? Oh yea, someone might ask questions.

    June 18, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Alan

    Another example of the GOP putting their heads where the sun don't shine.

    June 18, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. JC

    I went to public school in Louisiana and I can tell you they cater to the lowest common denominator. The level of ignorance of some high school graduates would be unfathomable by the average American. The Governor should be begging the federal government to send a task force to take over the administation of the public school system, similar to a state of Marshall Law.

    June 18, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Bill
    So in addition to being the second poorest state, Louisiana will also be the most unhealthy state (rejecting federal dollars for Medicaid expansion) and the most uneducated. Makes you wan tto pack up and move there right now. Pathetic. And this clown wants to run for president. I hope he does.
    -------------
    Wow – that will really turn out the next generation of quality engineers and scientists.
    NOT.

    June 18, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Mark Egger

    Jindall is a pathetic fool who follows whatever the latest right-wing fad happens to be. They don't like Common Core because it mandates teaching scientific reality on such topics as evolution and climate change, rather than the no-nothing, pseudo-religious doctrines of all those creepy fundamentalist preachers...

    June 18, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    As more and more states have discovered Common Core is nothing but a liberal brain washing program, being used on our kids, more and more are going to back way from that.

    June 18, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. ggmtl

    Knowledge is a dangerous thing. Especially giving it to those you want to control. They always say only the rich and stupid vote republican. Looks like the republicans are making sure there will be plenty of future republican voters.

    June 18, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Ben

    WOW!!!! The liberal left is really on the comment page today. Banning common core is a good thing. It has noting to do with education but everything to do with indoctrinating our children. I have read many of the common core syllabuses. I suggest you do then make your comments. Heir Gobbles would love common core.

    June 18, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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