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Jindal joins Common Core debate

3 years 1 month 3 weeks ago April 05, 2014 Apr 5, 2014 Saturday, April 05 2014 April 05, 2014 10:49 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - After months of sidestepping questions on whether Louisiana should continue its use of the Common Core standards, Gov. Bobby Jindal has edged into the legislative debate.

He said Louisiana should develop its own education benchmarks. He said he supports high standards, but believes parents have legitimate concerns with Common Core.

Now that Jindal's staked out a position, people on both sides of the disagreement are wondering how hard the governor will push to change Louisiana's educational course.

Jindal's office offered its support Wednesday to two failed bills that could have allowed Louisiana to move away from Common Core and develop its own standards and testing. But Jindal didn't throw his full weight behind the effort to pass either bill.

Jindal says he expects legislative debate over education standards to continue.

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