I have to tip my hat to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Even though he encountered a setback in court in regards to his executive order pulling Louisiana out of PARCC he forged ahead in his opposition. Jindal has done what frankly every Governor should do – file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education challenging the constitutionality of their involvement with Common Core.
“The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative. Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C. in control of everything. What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum,” Jindal said in a released statement.
“The proponents of Common Core will tell you that it’s simply about one test and about standards, but that’s a ruse. Common Core is about controlling curriculum. Educators know that what’s tested is what’s taught. Make no mistake – Common Core tests will drive curriculum. Common Core supporters should own up to this fact and finally admit they want to control curriculum. These are big government elitists that believe they know better than parents and local school boards,” Jindal stated.
“Through the federally funded consortia, PARCC, along with Race to the Top grants, the federal government has coerced states into giving up local control of education. The federal government’s actions are in violation of the Constitution and federal law and we will continue to fight to protect local control of education,” Jindal added.
I do have to give Governor Jindal a little pushback here… the Common Core Initiative was doomed to fail because the standards were poor. They were awful. Top down reform hardly, especially on a national scale, rarely works. I dinged Gov. Mike Huckabee over similar remarks so it wouldn’t be fair to give Jindal a pass.
Unlike Huckabee, Jindal is ramping up for a fight not calling for it to stop. He’s right in stating that the federal involvement is coercive. We would not have seen 45 states join in if it had not been for Race to the Top and the ESEA waivers. He is also correct, borrowing from the Pioneer Institute that their actions are in violation of federal law and the 10th Amendment.
Emmett McGroarty in a statement that American Principles Project released today said:
“In suing the federal government for its unauthorized efforts to propagate the Common Core system, Gov. Jindal is defending the liberties of citizens and the constitutional structure intended to protect those liberties,”American Principles Project’s Education Director Emmett McGroarty said. “His courageous leadership provides a beacon of hope to the moms, dads, teachers, and other citizens across the country who are fighting for high-quality education.”
“Private entities developed the Common Core through a private process and used the federal government to push it into the states through a series of end-runs around the constitutional structure. Common Core’s defective development process resulted in a product that locks children into an inferior education,” McGroarty continued. “It does not prepare them for studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; it does not prepare them for authentic college coursework in the humanities; and many of its standards are age-inappropriate.”
McGroarty concluded, “Teachers, parents and other citizens are increasingly becoming aware of Common Core’s defects, and the pushback against it is thus becoming even more powerful. This battle is far from over, but we will continue to work to defeat the faulty Common Core standards and fight the flawed process through which they were foisted upon the states.”
PARCC’s CEO admitted that “quality assessments” are part of instruction and the Feds are paying for PARCC so Jindal can make a case here.
Governors if you want to see how opposition is done – look to Jindal, better yet, see if you can join his lawsuit.