Zesty Louisiana Education Politics
Why do I think Bobby Jindal is scamming us with faux Common Core lawsuits?
Posted on August 28, 2014
To be quite frank, I did not develop this idea on my own. I was asked whether I thought Jindal’s opposition to Common Core was sincere, and my response at first was “I don’t know, but does it matter?” My thinking being: whether or not Bobby Jindal opposed Common Core for the “right” reasons or for political reasons, was irrelevant. What mattered is that we had a former staunch supporter of the standards publicly recanting his position. I actually think this encouraged a lot of folks in the Anti-Common Core camp, and added to the nationwide movement and impetus to roll back or remove the standards across the nation. Which is great for folks outside of Louisiana, but most public school parents know we are still in a bind. At the end of the day, talk is cheap and therapy and tutoring for 700,000 Louisiana school children won’t be.
Jindal made some moves that seemed to indicate he had genuinely thought deeply about this situation (that he had put us in) and had a thoughtful plan for extricating us from it.
- Jindal held press conferences denouncing Common Core as a Federal takeover of education
- Jindal took numerous photo ops surrounded by opponents of Common Core
- Jindal appointed Jane Smith, a staunch Common Core opponent (one of his three appointees)
- Jindal (though his surrogates at DOA) declared the contract for the PARCC test invalid for not following proper laws and procedures (although DOA had previously reviewed and okayed this same contract.)
- Jindal sent a letter to PARCC telling them he was pulling Louisiana out of the testing consortium (something he apparently didn’t have the legal standing to do.)
- Jindal reduced John White’s purchasing power from 20k to 2 k withoutWhy do I think Bobby Jindal is scamming us with faux Common Core lawsuits? | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: