Jun 18, 2014 11:08 PM by Alex Labat

Governor and Superintendent Clash Over Common Core

Tonight, the Jindal administration is closing any loopholes on the governor's plan to effectively get Common Core standards out of Louisiana.

While the governor doesn't have the power to scrap the new education standards on his own, he's taking aim at the standardized test associated with Common Core, called "PARCC."

Jindal says that test is too expensive; so he's ordering a bid process for standardized test, opening the door for potentially cheaper testing to be brought in.

Wednesday, State Superintendent of Education, John White, said "not so fast" to Governor Jindal's plan. Then, later that evening, the Jindal administration fired back, suspending contracts with the Common Core consulting firm. The governor and the superintendent are now going head to head.

At a news conference, Jindal said, "It's certainly no secret that I'm opposed to the Common Core."

Jindal did not hold back during his announcement that he hopes Louisiana will become the fourth state to pull out of Common Core this year.

"Common Core has become a one size fits all program that simply does not make sense for our state," Jindal adds.

Jindal's comments sent shockwaves through the educational community. And now, the man pushing Common Core is pushing back against his boss.

"President Romer and I are committing today that the state will continue to implement the Common Core state standards, and will continue it's implementation of the PARCC Test," says State Superintendent of Education John White.

Both White and BESE President Chas Roemer vowed to continue to push through with Common Core, saying Jindal's statement is not about education, but instead about politics.

"You know I don't think anybody has the authority to ignore the constitution of the state. This is a political maneuver. Because of politics, his politics that are national in scope. There's no other way to explain a 180 turn from a plan that started in January of 2010," says Roemer.

And while the governor has his own ideas for state education, the battle over the classroom is far from over.

"The ultimate solution, I believe, is Louisiana developing it's own standards and our own test," says Jindal.

"Whether the governor can or cannot veto these rules has no effect on whether or not the state will implement the Common Core standards and the PARCC test. Because it is explicitly BESE's responsibility and not the governor," says White.


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