Gov. Jindal to back three bills aimed at repealing, replacing Common Core

Gov. Jindal to back 3 bills aimed at repealing, replacing Common Core
Published: Mar. 18, 2015 at 3:07 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 19, 2015 at 12:19 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/AP) - Back home and back to business, after spending Monday and Tuesday in Washington on undisclosed matters, Wednesday Gov. Bobby Jindal shared his plan to get rid of Common Core, a curriculum he once supported.

"What sounded like a great idea- voluntary, state-led, high standards, it's a great concept. Unfortunately, that is not what Common Core has become," said Gov. Jindal.

Gov. Jindal had tried to disrupt the exams, but a state judge blocked his efforts. Now, the governor says three bills to repeal and replace Common Core will be filed by the start of session, April 13th.

One bill would turn back the clock in the classroom, using 2004-2005 standards while new ones are drafted and submitted to the legislature. The other two, Governor Jindal says, would keep the feds from being involved in contracts pertaining to Louisiana schools.

"We have a choice, a choice regarding who will run education in Louisiana," said Jindal.

Meanwhile, West Feliciana Supt. Hollis Milton is a Common Core supporter.

"We were moving forward. Our teachers were having a lot of success with the current standards that we've implemented in the classroom. To use grade-level expectations is a step backwards. Let's allow the educators to make these decisions and keep this from becoming a political football," said Supt. Milton.

Along with repeal, the governor's plan would also replace the PARCC test. More than 320,000 Louisiana students, including the governor's children, are taking the test this week.

According to the Associated Press, concerns that large number of Louisiana's public school students would refuse to take the heavily-debated Common Core standardized tests this week appear unfounded. Education Superintendent John White says self-reported numbers from school systems show that 99 percent of students took the exams yesterday, the first day of testing.

The Common Core standards are benchmarks of what students should learn at each grade level in English and math. They've been adopted by more than 40 states, though recently they've faced criticism they are part of a federal attempt to nationalize education.

Copyright 2015 WAFB. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.