Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) finally made a statement on the Common Core State Standards during a recent press conference in Baton Rouge on Monday. The Advocate reports:
Wading into a national debate, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that he is concerned Louisiana public school classrooms would be saddled with a “federalized curriculum” sparked by a series of tougher standards called Common Core.
Jindal, in his most expansive comments on the issue, also said he wants state Superintendent of Education John White and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to answer questions raised by a state lawmaker, who said Monday he wants the state to drop the standards.
“We share those concerns,” the governor said in a prepared statement in response to a reporter’s question.
“We support rigor and high academic standards that help ensure Louisiana students are getting the best possible education,” Jindal said.
“What we do not support is a national or federalized curriculum,” the governor added. “We need Louisiana standards, not Washington, D.C., standards.”