You might get whiplash if you try and follow Governor Jindal's position on Common Core.
Four years ago he was a big proponent of it. Now, on the final lap toward implementation, he says he's against it. Not surprisingly, that's a position shared by his vocal political base as he firms up plans for a Presidential run.
Perhaps our governor should listen to his own Superintendent of Education. John White says he "can't imagine" how the state might come up with its own standards in time for the upcoming school year, a process that would cost millions of extra tax dollars.
Or he could listen to the conservative pro-business group LABI, which strongly endorses Common Core.
What's not up for debate is that statewide, Louisiana's public schools are at the bottom of most national rankings. Standardized testing in alignment with the rest of the United States has to be part of the improvement process.
Our governor's flip-flop comes as other Republican Presidential hopefuls including Texas' Ted Cruz also run for political cover on this issue in their home states.
Mr. Jindal's sudden backpedaling on uniform academic standards has more to do with Iowa and New Hampshire than it does Louisiana.
Education should not take a back seat to Presidential politics here in our better Southwest Louisiana.
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