[Ed. – He’s doing it by executive order, so there’s no doubt his action will be challenged in court by Democrats in the legislature.]
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued executive orders Wednesday to withdraw the state from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests, defying his state legislature, his superintendent of education and the business community — but endearing himself to tea party activists across the country who could be influential in early primary states if he chooses to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
“We want out of Common Core,” Jindal said at a press conference. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators. It is never too late to make the right decision.”
Jindal said that his office notified the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, which helped develop the standards, that the state wants out of the Common Core.
His executive orders instruct the state Department of Education to begin a competitive bidding process to replace the exam developed by the federally subsidized testing group known as PARCC. The memorandum of understanding Louisiana signed when it joined PARCC indicates that the governor cannot withdraw unilaterally.
But Jindal appears to be trying to find a way around that prohibition. He argues that state law does not allow Louisiana to sign up for a test like PARCC without a competitive bidding process. Therefore, he said, the state must pull out of PARCC and start the process of looking for standardized tests from scratch.