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Unlike others governors who have withdrawn from Common Core with support from the state legislatures, Jindal is trying to get Louisiana out of the program through executive order, as many Bayou state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

    I suppose it is because Common Core does not teach the Bible as science

    June 18, 2014 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. FactChecker

    It's not as though Louisiana does well on it's own. They can use some guidance from someone.

    June 18, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. emskadittle

    Louisiana ranks 49th for high schools, so i guess keeping the course is a good idea?

    June 18, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. emskadittle

    so you don't think his plan is have all of the american jobs sent to India

    June 18, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. ColinK

    Who needs test scores when you are at the bottom and know you will always be there?

    June 18, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    And North Carlina is on the edge of getting rid of Common Core too.

    Next step, of course, is to shut down the thoroughly unconstitutional federal Department of Education.

    June 18, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Raul Osuna

    As an educator, I support Common Core. However I do think that the implementation takes a lot of time. Our students are not trained to think the "common core" way and the teachers are not used to teaching the "common core" way either. Districts need to provide proper training to teachers with quality presentors not just go to another inservice. We also have to think that many teachers may be qualified under No Child Left Behind to teach the courses they teach, but really they are not qualified because their subject matter is not there to allow that higher level thinking we want our student to get. For example, how many PE majors are teaching math just because they took some math in college. Their credentials have been grandfathered in and that makes them not qualified to teach. In california a Single Subject credential Math teacher is more capable of teaching the "common core" way. The only problem is, where do you get these teachers from??? Many are choosing to not go into teaching because of all the educational bureaucracy that they have to deal with. Also the lack of accountability in discipline drives many out of education. Recruit recruit recruit and treat teachers with the up most respect!!!!

    June 18, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. morris diehl

    What the heck, most of the education in this country sucks. Lets get everyone into a Catholic school and let the nuns run it.

    June 18, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Patrick

    In common core 3X4=11 can be right if the answer is explained. Not what kids need. 3×4=12 period. If your answer is wrong let me show you why and help you understand how to get the right answer. That is teaching!!

    June 18, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. And then he said . . .

    "I also have a plan for Louisiana to back out of educating people altogether. It clearly doesn't work here, and let's face it, the lower the IQ, the more likely they are to vote Republican.""

    June 18, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Pumpkin

    I guess he's sore about Mississippi taking over last place in educational performance from Louisiana. This should catapult them back into dead last place.

    June 18, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. karin

    That lernin stuff is the devil!

    June 18, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. bert f.

    Everybody knows that Louisiana citizens get their jobs based on who they know and not what they know. So who in Louisiana even needs an education much less standards?

    June 18, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Diogenese

    Each and every person with a GED I have known, voted Democrat in the last two elections.

    June 18, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Bill

    Stop with the party bashing. People on the left and the right are backing out of Common Core. Look at the Chicago teacher's union. Even they are outraged at Common Core. Do you want all the literary classics taken out of school and replaced by non-fiction? Do you want your children to be taught that they can still get full credit on a math problem that they get wrong, as long as they at least tried? Do you want all of your children's homework and tests scanned and permanently stored by the Federal Government? Do you want you child's tests to ask questions like, "What party do you parents belong to?" "Does your family own guns?" Even liberals are outraged at Common Core.

    June 18, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    I think that he is not thinking fully about the decision and what effect it could have on the kids of this state.

    June 18, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. tonyb

    He doesn't want to jeopardize that 49th place position that Louisiana currently enjoys in state rankings....well done Governor.... this wouldn't be political would it????

    June 18, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. spudnik56

    Pretty simple...Louisiana is another state where those running the state cannot comprehend or mentally fathom common core...typical...and pitiful.

    June 18, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. not really news

    Like all conservatives, the good of the kids comes in third, behind party, and politics.

    June 18, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. nathanbrazil

    First, for all of bemoaning this move, just because common core is the new thing does not make it better. This is being rolled out at my kids school and to be honest it does NOT seem to be well thought out and just one-size-fits all. Most teachers I know (I have two in my family) DO NOT like what they have seen of common core at all. Not only that, but it is being rolled out so fast (with the money carrot) that they are doing a lousy job of getting parents to understand it. This was an effort pushed by business, and lacks any sort of diversity.

    June 18, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. dave

    Looks like pro-Common Core dems support Jeb Bush's company getting a kickback from the government every time a kid takes a Common Core test.
    Funny when braindead dem voters want to make corrupt republican politicians rich.
    ...... all you have to do is Google it, and learn about it.

    June 18, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Hooper

    Enlightenment is a danger to the republican party. When the populace becomes more and more educated, the republican party becomes more and more prone to extinction.

    June 18, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Mike

    Supporters of CCSS have no idea what it is...fact.

    June 18, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. WestsacVoice

    And where does Louisiana rank in K-12 education?

    June 18, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. content_pessimist

    An online poll on another news site shows that 83% agree that schools should be able to opt out of this program. But the lib response on here is to bash the reps and claim they hate children. What m0r0ns. Common Core is nothing but a liberal indoctrination program.

    June 18, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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