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Unlike others governors who have withdrawn from Common Core with support from the state legislatures, Jindal is trying to get Louisiana out of the program through executive order, as many Bayou state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

    Hope high school grads can get into out of state schools.

    June 18, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. always wright

    We need to build a berm. A $350,000,000 berm will solve all of our problems.

    June 18, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. bros

    Those opposed to common core don't get what the issue with it is.

    The issue isn't the standards – they're fine.

    The issue is how districts – and book publishers (who dictate the curricula) – have been rolling it out. Some have rolled it out better than others.

    June 18, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. 4sanity

    Good grief – the Common Core standards are the EXACT antithesis of the Federal government pushing "national" standards. States insisted they take local control over establishing standards. Hence the CCS were developed by an broad association of States, educational professionals and interest groups with public input to ensure that students learn the MINIMUM core competencies in English and Math – and to allow students, parents, teachers and funding agencies to accurately assess individual students skills and identify trends in deficiencies.

    The reason why Jindal is against it is that Louisiana's school children will now be assessed the same way that kids in Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, California etc. are assessed. No more hiding and making excuses about poor educational outcomes because of a decrepit educational system. If you're a voter in Louisiana you should be holding Jindal et al accountable for the great disservice he is doing in ensuring you're kids will continue to receive a sub-STANDARD eduction.

    June 18, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Jrad

    It's important to make sure Louisiana students get their facts straight – the Earth is flat and the center of the universe, and that Jesus rode dinosaurs.

    June 18, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. oldleftcoastdude

    Why is it that the states that want to pull out of Common Core are mostly those that are oon the lower end of student achievement in core curriculum? Could it be that their education model is poor to begin with?

    June 18, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. tammyk tammy

    I thought only progressive liberal dictators issued executive orders according the GOTP. Regarding education in that region, my cousin's daughter was home schooled in good old Texas where standards appear not to exist. She moved to PA at the age of 17, tested at a 4th grade level, and had to be placed in 9th grade and receive tutoring instead of graduating H.S that year. Would any college or employer trust an A grade garnered from a school in TX or LA ?

    June 18, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Mike

    So Jindal actually thought the standards were good. He's scuttling the standards merely to make an ideological point.

    One thing that none of these Republican politicians seem to do is propose an alternate set of standards, nor explain why they are any more qualified or knowledgeable or trustworthy to implement those standards - themselves being members of a government - than the Feds they rail against.

    There's a guy running for governor in Arizona. In one of his ads, in successive sentences, he says he'll put decisions about children's education in the hands of the parents, but then says what he wants kids to know when they graduate.

    June 18, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. cbp

    What would Governor Jindahl put into place.

    Ted Sizer was a prominent force at Brown University where he taught many, many students. Some of these students are classmates of Governor Jindahl. Howard Gardner from Harvard also talked about common core for education. These men did not work for the government. They just had good ideas about how to teach students today. Unfortunately, there were other controlling factors including no child left behind which did not work because the federal government did not put forth enough money. Nevertheless states did receive money and Jindahl accepted money for Louisiana. How did things change so much and exactly what does the governor intend to do.

    You gotta love politics!

    June 18, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Tom l, as far sarcasm and gross mischaracterizations are concerned, you have done more than your fair share, so please spare me the lecture about being condescending. I have heard more than enough descriptions of Blue states being something akin to Soviet republics from people on the Right, while those same blue states subsidize those red states. If economic output were measured, Red states are essentially welfare dependents. That is a fact, so please stop with the faux outrage. Your attempts at being even-handed are so skewed in favor of conservatives as to be laughable, something that you never seem willing to admit. At least you're not attempting to rewrite history on the scale of, say, Gunderson, but when someone characterizes Red states as being lazy, they are essentially correct. I subsidize people in LA, GA and other states: why should I do that? They are profiting off of an appropriations system that keeps them afloat with military bases and defense contracts, and precious little else.

    June 18, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Isn't it ironic that it's ok for a governor to use Executive Orders to stop children from being educated properly but it's wrong for the POTUS to use Executive Orders at any time??

    Irony or hypocrisy?? I'm going with hypocrisy.

    June 18, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. jack

    Jindal: " I was for it until I found it included those things with covers and all them darned words "

    June 18, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. yellownumber6

    Louisiana: 49th in education, for a reason.

    June 18, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    It's Louisiana how much lower in education can they get?

    June 18, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Cary

    Jindal's efforts are not on behalf of Louisiana or its students. It's an effort at pandering. As a Louisiana parent, I am appalled at his blatant circumvention of the Louisiana legislature. He was unable to pass any measures this session to stall or eliminate the Common Core because of the strong support of many, many parents, teachers, and groups, including the Louisiana Department of Education, so he does this with NO representative vote? And he does it completely on his own, with literally no basis in logic (and a complete flip of his own support). The standards are accelerated, necessary, and appropriate, having been developed over several years by a consortium of non-partisan educators and others. This is more than sad. It's embarrassing and scary.

    June 18, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. conoclast

    Somebody somewhere must have made an association between Common Core and the hated liberals; there's just no better way to motivate right-wing intransigence than to mention the word "librul".

    It's all they need hear; their kids' education be damned!

    June 18, 2014 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. my10cents

    I guess Jindal believes if you keep most of your people poor and ignorant then the powerful can do as they please for as long as they please.

    June 18, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. MC

    Good for him. While some of you don't get it- that it is not wise to give complete control of your states medical care and school standards in exchange for money, I hope your state leadership catches on sooner than later, regardless of political party.

    June 18, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Olaf Big

    Bobby Jindal has just announced that Louisiana will review some of the Common Core principles to make sure that they comply with the needs of People of Louisiana. Among those under review are Pythagorean theorem, Newton laws and Einstein's relativity theory. What do these foreigners have to teach great people of Louisiana? And besides relativity theory is suspect. The People of Louisiana's belief in God is absolute and not relative.

    June 18, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Bruce

    Funny how people believe the Common Core is a federal program, when it has been totally driven by the states.

    June 18, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, since Mississippi is still in, this means the state of Louisiana's(my native state) educational standards will now lose it's safe guard against being 50th out of all 50 states.

    June 18, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. gus

    Jindal's creed: Keep Louisiana stupid. Stupid people are much easier to manipulate into voting for you. This is too pathetic.

    June 18, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Colinda

    Oh, isn't this special. Approximately 25% of the adults in Louisiana are marginally literate as it is. The state is so corrupt that even the HBPA (the organization supposed to look out for the welfare of backside workers and horsemen at the state's three horse race tracks) embezzled Katrina money, I'm from Louisiana and fortunately went to Catholic schools instead of public schools (which were bad even in the 1960s, especially for people of color). Jindal is the far right's latest token brown guy. Nothing is beneath him. Its disgusting. Get rid of those pesky feds who want environmental protection for the devastated wetlands, who want to see people healthy, who want to see people in high school who can read, Bobby, and your kind will continue to be elected.

    June 18, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. SteveInMN

    Eminently logical.

    It's more difficult for The Republiban to indoctrinate well-educated children.

    June 18, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Mi

    Just disgusting!!! Louisiana will never be able to compete with the rest of the world. We have to raise standards!!!

    June 18, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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