Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core education standards.
Jindal said the bills would call for the immediate end to the state's involvement with Common Core, revert the state back to education standards used in the 2004-2005 school year, and have students take the LEAP and iLEAP tests again with new question banks.
Jindal also said BESE would be prohibited from making contracts or other agreements which he said would compromise the state's control of education. BESE and state Department of Education employees would also be prohibited from joining any boards or groups which could affect Louisiana's control over education, which Jindal criticized Superintendent of Education John White for doing when he joined the PARCC board.
"Today we're at a critical choice, a choice of who will run education in Louisiana," Jindal said. "Will it be Louisiana teachers and parents, or will it be the federal government."
Last year the governor called for the state to end its agreements with Common Core, which BESE and White contested. The matter wound up in court, with Jindal suing the federal government and claiming Common Core was a federal takeover of education. The Department of Education and Common Core both said that wasn't true.
White is scheduled to make a 2 p.m. conference call with the media about PARCC testing progress this week and is expected to address the governor's comments then.