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Jindal wants to get Common Core out of state

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Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Source: MGN Online) Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Source: MGN Online)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

On Wednesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal made a move to block the state from using a standardized test linked to the Common Core education standards.

Jindal sent a letter to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness, asking them to with immediately withdraw from the state.

He also issued an executive order that instructs the state Department of Education to begin a competitive process to purchase a new assessment and for BESE to develop state standards for the Legislature to approve next legislative session.

Jindal said requiring a competitive bid for the test will stop use of PARCC.

Superintendent of Education John White and BESE chairman Chas Roemer said Common Core will continue to roll out and PARCC will still be used.

Common Core standards are English and math benchmarks adopted by most states. Jindal said the standards amount to a federal education takeover.

In his speech Wednesday, Jindal said the state is no longer committed to implementing the PARCC assessment in the 2014-15 school year, rendering it unable to comply with the terms of the June 2010 Memorandum of Understanding between the State and PARCC.

In addition, several changes have occurred since the MOU was signed that make Louisiana's membership in conflict with Louisiana law. He also cited teacher dissatisfaction and concerns over one-size fits all federal standards, and highlighted that the federal government has rushed its implementation.

"It's time for PARCC to withdraw from Louisiana," Jindal said. "We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards. We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators. Common Core has not been fully implemented yet in Louisiana, and we need to start the process over. It was rushed in the beginning and done without public input."

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