Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) this week issued an executive order pushing the state to replace the national Common Core public education standards with tests and standards created by the state. “We want out of Common Core,” Jindal said, adding that Common Core does not comply with state law.
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“Gov. Jindal has finally put his pen where his mouth has been, which can be rare for a politician. He has also drawn a clear distinction between his policies and those of governors such as Indiana’s Mike Pence, who talks a big anti-Common Core game but entrenched Common Core in his state with another name.
“Jindal’s decision shows that Common Core is important to voters, as he’s clearly looking ahead at a presidential run in 2016. Perhaps then will be the year to finally return power over education to families and individuals, rather than keeping it controlled by central planners in Congress and elsewhere.
“Jindal has recognized that Common Core contradicts his strong support for empowering families and entrepreneurs through school choice. His challenge will be to discern what other policies stand in the way of fostering a better education for Louisiana children through bottom-up empowerment rather than Common Core-style centralization.”
“This is a pretty bold move on Jindal’s part, as he’s using his executive power to make the change, instead of being able to share responsibility with the legislature. And that suggests just how angry much of the public is about Common Core in Louisiana. Governors in other states would do well, both politically and in policy terms, to consider following Jindal’s lead, as Louisiana is by no means unique in the public’s opposition to this de facto federal takeover of K-12 testing and curriculum.”
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