Jindal to Withdraw Louisiana From Common Core

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 08:06 AM

By Melissa Clyne

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Bucking his state’s legislature, Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his intention to have the Bayou State withdraw from participating in Common Core, the controversial educational program that sets nationwide standards in English language arts and math for K-12 students.

“The federal government would like to assert control of our educational system and rush implementation of a one-size-fits-all set of standards that raises a lot of serious concerns,” Jindal said at a news conference. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from our parents and from our educators.”

Jindal joins a growing list of conservatives who once supported the initiative but have since back pedaled following President Obama’s decision to tie federal education grants to states’ adopting the standards.

Many conservatives have derided the program as the federal government trying to cede control from states to determine local education standards. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia originally adopted the standards. Should Louisiana withdraw, it would be the fifth state to do so.

The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina recently signed laws repealing Common Core, according to The New York Times.

But unlike those two states, Louisiana’s lawmakers and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education want to keep Common Core. Despite the Louisiana legislature’s “overwhelming” support for “nationally recognized standards,” Jindal vetoed the measure, the Times reports.

“This is not a situation like we had in Oklahoma,” said John White, Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education. “This is a situation where the elected bodies in this state have affirmed and commanded that this be the path.”

Jindal said he will not allow the federal government to wrest control from the people of Louisiana.

“If other states want to give up their 10th Amendment rights, that’s fine,” he said. “We’re not doing that in Louisiana.”

Eliminating Common Core could bolster Jindal’s credentials as a true conservative should he decide to seek the presidency in 2016. The Wall Street Journal notes that Jindal’s position puts him on a “collision course” with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an outspoken Common Core supporter who may also seek the Republican nomination.


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Not All Iowa Dems Sold on Hillary Clinton for 2016

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 20:01 PM

Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But . . .

Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders: I'm 'Thinking About Running' in 2016

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 15:49 PM

Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate's leading liberals, said Sunday he is thinking about running for U.S. president in 201 . . .

Liberal Democrats Press Obama for Vote on ISIS War

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 09:31 AM

The number of liberal Democrats calling for congressional approval on a sustained air campaign against the Islamic State . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved