Aug 1, 2014 1:02 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "strongly" supports the Common Core education standards. The position puts him at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community as the senator fundraises for the 2015 governor's race.
In an interview taped for C-SPAN's 'Newsmakers,' Vitter called Common Core "very strong, significant, positive standards."
He added that the state must make sure teachers are properly prepared to use the standards and must retain local control of curriculum.
The comments come as Jindal is taking steps to undermine the standards and remove them from Louisiana classrooms, in a dispute with education leaders that's headed to court.
Vitter is taking a different stance from his two competitors in the governor's race, who have raised concerns about Common Core.