When Louisiana adopted Common Core education standards in 2010, Gov. Bobby Jindal supported the move, arguing they would help students. He has since changed his mind, reversed course, and now fights the feds over Common Core, saying the Obama administration is interfering with Louisiana’s sovereignty and meddling in state education policy.
Today, Jindal plans to “put his money where his mouth is” in defense of the 10th Amendment…filing a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration to try to stop Common Core.
The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.
The Republican governor says that “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum” in violation of the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content.
Jindal’s high-profile battle against the imposition of Common Core standards has not been supported by either lawmakers or the education establishment in Louisiana. Even a state court recently ruled against the governor when he tried to stop use of the standards.
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So, now Jindal — a possible GOP presidential contender in 2016 — ups the ante and takes the fight to federal court.
“The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Jindal said in a statement. “Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.”
A recent poll reported by CBS News found that most Americans basically agree with Gov. Jindal’s opposition to Common Core:
Support for Common Core educational standards has dropped as awareness of the program has spread over the past year, new polling finds.
Among Americans who have heard a great deal about the standards, just 33 percent support the standards while 59 percent oppose them, the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals.
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