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Jun 18, 2014 2:18 PM by Dave Fields

Jindal: Scrap Common Core and "come up with better plan"

Gov. Bobby Jindal, after much speculation, has pulled Louisiana from the Common Core education standards.

Jindal ordered a new set of tests and standards instead of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), telling the state's Department of Education to "come up with a better plan," he said.

Jindal indicated he's been considering taking executive action to ditch the state's use of Common Core materials and PARCC. Jindal also is on record having opposed a federal takeover of education. Until now, Louisiana's Department of Education has employed the Common Core English and Math benchmarks currently adopted by other states.

"You can have high standards in Louisiana without giving up control,"Jindal said.

However, Louisiana's Education Superintendent John White contends that the governor does not have the authority to take this action.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has maintained Common Core in Louisiana public schools and the Louisiana legislature has voted to continue it.

"The comprehensive solution is for Louisiana to develop its own tests," the governor said, explaining that he considers Wednesday's actions "a good first step."

"At some point, you have to say enough is enough," Jindal added, alluding to what he said he believes has been a "federal overreach."

The issue could wind up in court, the governor acknowledged.

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