Jindal to make anti-Common Core announcement
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he will announce new plans Wednesday to end Louisiana's involvement in Common Core.
Jindal's office said the governor will make his announcement at 12:35 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. The move comes as schools are in the middle of administering the PARCC exam, which is part of the Common Core rollout.
Jindal announced his intention last summer to get Louisiana out of its agreement with the Common Core state education standards initiative, only to meet with stiff opposition from state education leaders. The governor's current plans are tied up in lawsuits.
Last year Jindal claimed the standards represented a federal takeover of state education, claims he included in his lawsuit against the Department of Education. The DOE, Common Core initiative, and figures such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates said those statements are a myth. Jindal also faced opposition from business leaders within Louisiana, who said higher standards will produce a stronger workforce in the state; the same statements Jindal himself made in support of Common Core back in 2012.
Some parents opposed to Common Core and the PARCC test which the state rolled out this year requested their children not take the test. Smaller school districts like Baker said this opt-out movement could cost them a letter grade on state evaluations.
News 2 will be live with Governor Jindal's announcement during the noon news, which you can stream on WBRZ.com starting at noon.