Jindal contests video quoting his Common Core support
BATON ROUGE - A video making the rounds on the internet is causing controversy within Governor Bobby Jindal's office.
The video was released on April 2, 2014 by the United States Chamber of Commerce and has a quote from Jindal supporting the Common Core education standards. On Wednesday, Jindal ordered an end to Louisiana's involvement in the program, which goes against what was said in the video.
"Adopting the Common Core State Standards... will raise expectations for every child," is Jindal's quote in the video.
When WBRZ asked Jindal about that, he said that quote was not from two months ago.
"For several months, we've been saying this is a federal takeover of our education system, when the standards were first proposed in 2010," Jindal said. "We were told this would be a state-led effort, local input and follow Louisiana law, that didn't happen."
The governor's office also said it was not asked about the use of that quote when the video was released.
Common Core is a rigorous education standard that is accepted nationally and promotes critical thinking, and the federal government was not involved in its creation or implementation. Despite the governor saying he would order Louisiana out of Common Core, Superintendent of Education John White said Louisiana will move full steam ahead to continue implementing its standards.
Political analyst Bob Mann believes Jindal has a tough and long fight ahead.
"It's going to be very hard for the governor to dismantle it," Mann said. "He's going to try, but ultimately he needs BESE and State Superintendent John White to go along with him."
Despite White's insistence the state will move forward with Common Core, Jindal said he will not call for the superintendent's resignation.
"I still have confidence in the superintendent," Jindal said. "I think he's done a good job. We disagree on this. I don't agree towards the rush on Common Core. We are asking for an audit for money spent and have suspended the contract because we don't think they followed the RfP process."
Mann believes that won't matter.
"In the end, Governor Jindal will be gone in a year and a half," Mann said. "Common Core is here to stay and this is temporary turmoil that will settle down when the governor is on the campaign trail running for president and not paying attention to Louisiana."
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