Wants Common Core out, too
Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal just issued an executive order taking his state out of the Common Core State Standards testing program known as the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC).
In his press conference announcing the order, Jindal also says he will push for his legislature to pull the state out of Common Core completely in the next session.
Jindal’s authority to unilaterally remove his state from PARCC is being challenged by Louisiana’s Commissioner of Education. However, among other things, Jindal’s order extensively outlines how the department’s entry into PARCC violated the state’s contracting laws.
This dispute could get interesting as the commissioner is possibly placing himself above the law as well as in direct defiance of the governor, certainly a risky business.
In any event, this quote from Governor Jindal’s press conference points to some serious coercion from the federal government regarding education matters despite the fact that the US Constitution, as amended, clearly reserves control over education to the states:
“It is this simple. The Federal government would like to assert control of our educational system and watch implementation of a one-size-fits-all set of standards that raises a lot of serious concerns. We are very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from our parents and our educators. Instead of focusing on high standards and giving the states the freedom to implement their own policies to reach those standards Common Core has become a one-size-fits-all program that simply does not make sense for our state. If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them they have every right to make that choice. But Education is and always has been a primary of states and local government.”
While Governor Jindal is addressing Louisiana in this statement, there is a message here for Kentucky, too.