Gov. Jindal wants LA out of Common Core

Published 06/18 2014 10:22PM

Updated 06/18 2014 10:36PM

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Department of Education are at odds. At the heart of the debate: Common Core standards.

On Wednesday, Governor Jindal, a former supporter of Common Core, issued an executive order to remove Louisiana from the Common Core curriculum.

"Education is and always has been a primary responsibility of states and local government,” says Gov. Jindal. “We will not stand by and see this responsibility to the federal government here in the State of Louisiana."

But state education leaders say the standards will remain.

Teachers and students were prepared to implement Common Core this year.

The new standards would raise minimum expectations for reading and math, plus students would take a newly formatted standardized test.

Bossier Parish Superintendent D.C. Machen says while Gov. Jindal wants to scrap Common Core, Bossier Parish will still use the guidebook.

"We feel that those standards are the standards that we should adhere to in challenging our students to be the best that they can be," says Machen.

Dr. Philip Rozeman with the Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education says the new standards are crucial for creating a competitive workforce.

"Common Core standards let us get there, and it's extremely important as we move forward in the future,” says Dr. Rozeman. “I believe in the American dream and Common Core standards are about really helping students pursue that American dream."

Now education leaders will have to go back to the drawing board, close to the start of the school year.

There's no word on what new standards will replace common core or when.

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