Bobby Jindal issues executive orders withdrawing Louisiana from Common Core and federal standardized testing

posted at 7:21 pm on June 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

Dude, he’s running.

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…

Jindal was once a marquee supporter of the Common Core standards, which lay out the math and language arts concepts children should learn in every grade from kindergarten through high school. The governor helped bring the standards to Louisiana in 2010. As recently as this spring, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation included a quote from Jindal — praising the Common Core as a way to “raise expectations for every child” — in a promotional video for the standards.

But as opposition to the Common Core has mounted on both the left and right — with especially strong pushback from the tea party — Jindal changed his tune.

A likely presidential candidate in 2016, Jindal has seized on the standards as an example of federal meddling in state affairs. The Obama administration didn’t write the standards, but it pushed states hard to adopt them and spent $360 million subsidizing the development of new assessments. Just this week, Duncan publicly took Jindal to task for flip-flopping on the standards, saying the governor’s new stance had everything to do with politics and nothing to do with education.

This is headed to court, of course, as the memorandum of understanding that the state signed when it accepted federal testing says the governor can’t withdraw unilaterally. Jindal claims that state law says that the state can’t adopt testing without a competitive bidding process, which means the memorandum is illegal. Who’s right matters a lot to Louisiana schoolkids but not so much to 2016 politics: Jindal’s happy to lead the charge in court against Common Core even if he ends up losing. It’s an easy way to put him back on conservative radar screens.

Last month I wrote somewhere that his big problem in running for president is that he has no obvious niche. Righties like him, but they don’t seem to love him like they do Ted Cruz. Centrists respect his wonkishness but would prefer a loud-and-proud establishmentarian like Jeb Bush or Christie. Potentially Jindal could be a compromise candidate, acceptable to both sides, but Scott Walker seems to have the advantage there by dint of his big collective bargaining win. Maybe Jindal thinks that Common Core will be a much bigger issue than anyone expects in 2016, in which case he’s now positioned to take advantage. Jeb Bush and Christie both support CC; if it becomes an ideological litmus test among conservatives, the donor class may start looking harder at Jindal as a guy who could unite the party. (Scott Walker has also shown opposition to Common Core lately but not as dramatically as Jindal just has.) Then again, if you believe the new NBC/WSJ poll (the same one that found Obama’s job approval numbers circling the drain), conservatives are split nearly evenly on Common Core, 45/46. Maybe Jindal expects those numbers to move.

Or maybe this is more about neutralizing a liability than exploiting an opening. It hasn’t gone unnoticed among conservatives today that Jindal used to be a big Common Core fan and played a part in mainstreaming the standard nationally. Today is his atonement. Good enough? Exit quotation from CNN: “27% of Americans support the Common Core standards, with 32% saying they are somewhat in support of the program, and 31% opposed.”


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Good for Gov. Jindal!

The more I learn about Common Core, the less I like it.

bluegill on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I’ve been keeping my eye on Jindal for a while now, and I’m glad to see that he has come to his senses on this.

Othniel on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Common Core has some good elements, of course our elites managed to use it as a bludgeon in an undemocratic matter as if centrally planned curriculum changes are the solution to the creation of a good learning atmosphere.

rob verdi on June 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Just wait until a Republican President starts issuing EO’s exactly like those of Teleprompter Jesus… oh, the endless caterwauling we shall hear!

Tard on June 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

What an idiot.

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I don’t car if it’s a cynical political ploy or a genuine change of heart, but good.

rbj on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Most polls on CC don’t matter because the general public is clueless.

Anyway, Ace highlights the fact the question is tainted by its wording.

If you ask me if I am in favor of standards and testing, I’d say, “hell yeah”. But I’m dead-set against common core.

The fact is, it’s indefensible politically and the stampede of politicians running away from it is proof enough of that.

Nessuno on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Righties like him, but they don’t seem to love him like they do Ted Cruz.

This doesn’t compute. While I personally am done voting for squishes like Romney and McCain, Jindal does not fall into that category. Even if not my top choice at this point and time he is certainly acceptable, and I suspect that most other conservatives feel the same way. And it certainly wouldn’t bother me either if both Jindal and Walker are competing for my vote.

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

What an idiot.

weedisgood on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Were you looking in a mirror and burning one when you typed that?

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Common core is a load of crap. Bill Gates is one of the main architects and yet he sends his own spawn to schools that don’t have it.

BeachBum on June 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Bobby Jindal issues executive orders withdrawing Louisiana from Common Core and federal standardized testing

But the state superintendent of schools says he’ll fight to keep the state in The System.

It’s almost like there’s some kind of Teacher’s Union Leech Suck Asses involved here somewhere…

BigWyo on June 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Do most Americans even know what Common Core is? I follow this stuff, and I can only provide some vague impressions of it.

But, I like Jindal, regardless of his stance on this. He’s a smart guy, solid conservative, has executive experience…he, or Walker, would be great candidates. Which, of course, means we won’t get either.

changer1701 on June 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Dude, he’s running.

This would be AWESOME.

John the Libertarian on June 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

For those who want to learn more about Common Core…

Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin are hosting an event about Common Core at movie theaters nationwide.

The live event is on Tuesday July 22 and there is an encore presentation on Tuesday July 29 in a theater near you.

More info is available at http://www.WeWillNotConform.com

Glenn Beck and Fathom Events invite you to your local movie theatre to experience a live national night of action against Common Core. WE WILL NOT CONFORM is a chance for anyone who’s tired of sitting idly by as the federal government continues its takeover of our schools to come together and do something about it.

WE WILL NOT CONFORM isn’t a typical show, it’s an interactive experience where theatregoers will work with experts like Michelle Malkin, David Barton and others in pursuit of real, tangible strategies to wake up our friends and neighbors and make our voices heard. This isn’t an evening about observing, it’s a chance to learn, share and engage with people as frustrated and motivated as you are. By the end of the night, the brainpower, experience, and passion of thousands of people from around the country will be captured in a comprehensive, unified plan of action distributed to all participants.

Spread the word about this event to your friends who are concerned about their children’s education.

wren on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I like Jindal, but I think he has been waayy too transparent about his desire to run for President. I mean, the guy pretty much started campaigning a month or so after Romney lost with his whole “Stupid Party” meme. I think his apparent desire to run for President is a big part of the reason he has lost support in LA–the people there feel he wants to be President more than he wants to be their Governor.

This most recent move, while good, just reeks of pandering to me. And the truth is, he does have the best opening to run–his second term ends in 2015. I just hope he hasn’t hurt his chances by the way he has handled himself since the end of the 2012 election.

SquireB on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

[Nessuno on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM]

Yeah, I noticed Ace’s great coverage of the wording of the question as well. Polls are nothing more than a manipulative approach to public debate now.

Dusty on June 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Good job Gov. Jindal..2016 could get very interesting..:)

Dire Straits on June 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Good job Gov. Jindal..2016 could get very interesting..:)

Dire Straits on June 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Gov Jindal may be our ‘smartest’ Governor – he really is a genius.

That is, unfortunately, only a small part of the electable formula.

Great man

jake-the-goose on June 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Jindal, Walker, Perry,Palin, etc—can we just get someone with governor experience..is that too much to ask….

hillsoftx on June 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

he also mentioned that the process used to implement it (for lack of better term) was also violation of state law so he to.

dmacleo on June 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Common core may or may not be a good thing educationally. It’s really about the feds trying to mandate everybody (except themselves of course) using the same system. It’s a state’s rights thing.

crankyoldlady on June 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

he also mentioned that the process used to implement it (for lack of better term) was also violation of state law so he to.

dmacleo on June 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

ok I swear this was not mentioned in article when I first looked….but it was.
sorry

dmacleo on June 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

So., what Fed funding will barky cut off?

I give Jindal kudos, though. It wouldn’t break my heart to see him run.

I just don’t know where he stands on the world being on fire, though. In peacetime he would be perfect, but I’m not so sure peacetime will exist in 2 long years.

wolly4321 on June 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Do you think it is wrong for Jindal to improve it?

katy the mean old lady on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

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

So Jindal does exactly what conservatives have complained that Obama is doing, and conservatives cheer him on. Great. This move is transparently illegal, and will fail. Of course, failure does not matter. All that matters is gaining cred with a credulous base and gaining traction for 2016.

I loath Bobby Jindal, he’s such a transparent little huckster. He was for Common Core up until a couple of months ago and now this? What happened, he catch an hour of Glenn Beck’s show and decide this is winner?

When are conservatives going to get tired of being pandered to by ambitious little squids like Bobby Jindal (and Paul Ryan for that matter)? He’s a swarthy Eric Cantor, and will betray conservatives the second he gains office.

Last month I wrote somewhere that his big problem in running for president is that he has no obvious niche.

That’s the understatement of the year. He has no constituency at all, except in his own mind. He can serve the nation, and his state best by going away completely.

Joseph K on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Great. Here’s a piece on Common Core’s climate change indoctrination: http://www.masterresource.org/2014/04/common-core-climate-indoctrination/

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Only half a year behind us (Indiana.)

The intent sounds good, but the implementation not so much.

While Jindal may be right in what he is doing (ends), not sure I like the “means”. Sounds too much like the current Occupier (reference intended) of the WH.

The means may be legal in this case (not so much in what 0bama has done), but it “appears” too much like 0bama.

Jindal, Walker, Perry,Palin, etc—can we just get someone with governor experience..is that too much to ask….

hillsoftx on June 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Any one of them is light-years ahead of what we have now. In fact, it would be hard for any competent executive to not be an improvement.

IrishEyes on June 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Any one of them is light-years ahead of what we have now. In fact, it would be hard for any competent executive to not be an improvement.

IrishEyes on June 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM

An Afghan hound would be an improvement.

katy the mean old lady on June 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Well guess Obama got some competition in the lawlessness department.

coolrepublica on June 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I am liking Jindal more by the day.

bw222 on June 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Joseph K on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Other governors are withdrawing from Common Core as well. See SC and OK as examples.

One size doesn’t fit all. Not in healthcare. Not in education either.

I know what the situation is in SC because I grew up, and they’ve had an education system tailor-made to fit the needs of the state for many years now.

In the state of LA, Jindal has made significant accomplishments in restoring a strong educational program in the state post-Katrina. Common Core actually weakens educational knowledge rather than strengthens it (too much emphasis on social engineering, too little emphasis on the basics). That’s not going to be to benefit of the state of LA in the long run, particularly given the obstacles they’re up against.

I think Jindal made the right choice for his state.

lineholder on June 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I will be really happy if the nominee is either Jindal or Walker or Perry. We need Cruz in the senate so he can continue to battle the slimely progressive wing in the senate and help either President Walker, Perry, Jindal pass their conservative bills.

BroncosRock on June 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Well guess Obama got some competition in the lawlessness department.

coolrepublica on June 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

weedidgood is on board so you have some competition in the brainless department.

bw222 on June 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Good.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

weedidgood is on board so you have some competition in the brainless department.

bw222 on June 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I am sorry. Did I hurt your feeling?

coolrepublica on June 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Why do we have to call it “language arts”? What kind of nonsense terminology is that? I was a math major, so I’d like to rename my former field as “mathematical arts” or “dark arts” or something.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

GOOD for you Bobby!

Nice to see some Action to words.

ObserverMI on June 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

What an idiot.

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

You ? Writing that? IRONY.

CW on June 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ha! Two can play the EO game. Take that, Obama!

Grammar Nazi on June 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

What an idiot.

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

You back the common core agenda and so try to refute his position by name calling??

If you do your common core research, you will find that the educational challenges in his state are related to the demographics. At this point of time, black achievement is low, and that shows up in “The South,” where most live.

I can appreciate the hope that common core will raise standards but we have been through No Child Left Behind. Intentions are garbage.

Moving the needle will require better parents and better teachers.

FrankT on June 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Jindal may detect Landrieu falling in the polls, giving his voice more influence than hers.

Willys on June 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

This most recent move, while good, just reeks of pandering to me. And the truth is, he does have the best opening to run–his second term ends in 2015. I just hope he hasn’t hurt his chances by the way he has handled himself since the end of the 2012 election.

SquireB on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I’ve never seen him do anything that looks like he’s running. He’s doing what’s right for his state and there has been a lot to fix. It was a third world banana republic.

As to the legality I wonder if they get money from the feds. If not they don’t have to follow their rules. Very nice to see someone standing up for his state against the government. This is what all of them should be doing. Kasich? Are you out there?

crankyoldlady on June 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

wren on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Thanks wren for the info and link on Common Core. Will check and see if the local Tea Party is aware.

bluefox on June 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Why do we have to call it “language arts”? What kind of nonsense terminology is that? I was a math major, so I’d like to rename my former field as “mathematical arts” or “dark arts” or something.

Because if it’s an “art” it is subjective and things like spelling and grammar don’t count.

It legitimizes ebonics and “creative spelling.”

TarasBulbous on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

The idea of Common Core?

Sure. It’s a great idea. Standards for the “three Rs” to strive for and maintain. Why do we have a federal Department of Education, again?

The implementation?

Terrible. Throw it out and start again; this time with actual education instead of indoctrination in mind.

Buck Farky on June 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Great. Here’s a piece on Common Core’s climate change indoctrination: http://www.masterresource.org/2014/04/common-core-climate-indoctrination/

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Good link. I’ve taken to calling it Communist Core, because the progs intend to use it to create generation after generation of hardcore progressives that will vote Democratic forever.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

“Last month I wrote somewhere that his big problem in running for president is that he has no obvious niche.” – AP

And this move by Jindal does nothing to change this accurate assessment. The best he can really claim is to have come to his senses.

I like Jindal in style and substance, not sure what his wedge issue can be.

Of course, a lot of this Cruzmania or Paulinista stuff is way premature. The point of a primary is to actually see these guys run. It thins the herd pretty quickly, as with Perry in 2012. 2016′s abbreviated primaries means it is even more important to make a big splash fast or it will all be over. This holds for the entire field. Even a Christie or Bush could go down in flames very quickly.

2012′s primaries dragged on way too long with too many lib mouthpieces running debates. 2016′s seem awfully short, maybe too short.

Toocon on June 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I think Jindal made the right choice for his state.

lineholder on June 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Jindal didn’t make the right choice for his state, he made the right choice for himself. Common Core is garbage. It should be opposed. But Jindal doesn’t oppose it; he supports it, or at least did until about ten minutes ago, when he figured that a pointless showboating gesture would generate a sound bite to help his case with the base in 2016.

Jindal’s fake outrage won’t accomplish a darned thing. As Allahpundit points out, it’s off to court. Worse, Jindal handed the left another cudgel with which to beat conservatives for being hypocrites: governing by executive order is an affront to the Constitution when the petty dictator Barack Obama does it, but a principled gesture against bad legislation when Jindal does the same thing.

There was a time when Jindal’s opposition to Common Core might have meant something, and might have been effective. That time has passed. I’m not fooled, and no one else should be. It’s time that blatant panderers like Jindal are brutally punished by conservatives and made example of and not, as in the case of Eric Cantor, when most of the damage has already been done.

Joseph K on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood

What does that have to do with Common Core?

xblade on June 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood

You still couldn’t get admitted?

viking01 on June 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Even a Christie or Bush could go down in flames very quickly.

From your lips fingers to God’s ears eyes.

Othniel on June 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

jake-the-goose on June 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Definitely has potential..Along with some others..:)

Dire Straits on June 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

wren on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Thanks wren for the info and link on Common Core. Will check and see if the local Tea Party is aware.

bluefox on June 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Thank you for spreading the word about the Glenn Beck / Michelle Malkin event on Common Core, bluefox!

Common Core really should be a big issue for the Tea Party due to the over-reach of federal government control.

wren on June 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

What an idiot.

Do you really want to know where Louisiana ranks on the educational scale among 50 states?

weedisgood on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

And Gov. Jindal just gave them a chance to climb out of that pit. Common Core is evil on steriods, and will be looked back on in a not-to-distant future as mental child abuse.

Freelancer on June 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

He has a pen and a phone.

See how the Demos like it.

(and you know they’ll scream)

formwiz on June 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I may approve of the policy change but disapprove the method of change

Grunt on June 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I have a feeling that this is a losing issue. The problem isn’t that CC is awesome. It’s just that Louisiana isn’t positioned to lead on the issue of public education. The best schools are in Massachusetts, not Louisiana, and although personally I’m in favor of the complete elimination of the federal Department of Education, I don’t see people rallying up behind Jindal’s cause.

We need to talk about things that really matter: entitlements, taxes, immigration, etc. When the leading conservative site begins his editorial by insinuating the existence of a hidden agenda, guess how the country as a whole will view it.

PBH on June 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

My problem with Jindal is he is a notch below Cruz, and he keeps using the immigration reform words. That being said, he is about to get on the bad side of the GOP’s next presidential nominee

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Go Bobby J!

He’s still my #1 for 2016. Solid conservative, and smart as a whip.

Ted the Average on June 19, 2014 at 7:18 AM

You are only for Common Core if you don’t have kids in school. The homework papers my kids do is so full of mistakes and errors it is beyond reason how this system ever saw the light of day. I think that’s part of it. Making parents feel stupid because they can’t figure something out when in fact they are the ones who screwed up, intentionally. The teachers hate it too.

Get the Feds out of the classroom. Let the states decide.

Deckard BR on June 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Mr. Jindal supported Common Core, now he’s against it. Sounds a little Kerryish does it not? This is just another political game where our kids in our great state of Louisiana are being used as pawns. If he was serious he would have controlled his “hand picked” Education Secretary(who is not an educator) and would have worked some magic with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education so as to not have implemented this leviathan of Federal control called Common Core. For those of us here in Louisiana that are conservative and believed his promises, we are greatly disappointed in his record of un-kept promises and never ending propaganda. We are grateful that we do have a small victory against Common Core, although it is just in the application of PARC testing. But please don’t jump on the Jindal bandwagon. He is like a reed in the wind and this country needs a strong leader with uncompromising ideals and beliefs. Jindal is not that man.

Sid on June 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Jindal has what Cruz doesn’t – executive experience, and I think Jindal is even more conservative than Scott Walker, but I could be wrong. I will be watching all three.

earlgrey on June 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

And if you really want to know why Louisiana is near the bottom regarding education:
1. “In Louisiana they skim the cream, steal the milk, hijack the bottle and look for the cow,” said Mr. James Bernazzani
2. “Louisiana politicians would steal a hot stove and come back for the smoke.” Billy Tauzin
3. “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.” Louisiana Teacher union boss Albert Shanker

Sid on June 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Now watch as Louisiana’s student begin to excel in their studies.

MSGTAS on June 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Walker-Jindal?

Tzetzes on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Jindal has what Cruz doesn’t – executive experience, and I think Jindal is even more conservative than Scott Walker, but I could be wrong. I will be watching all three.

earlgrey on June 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Walker is now unfortunately quoting Hillary on social conservatism:

At this point what difference does it make?

Jindal 2016!

itsnotaboutme on June 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM