I guess he really means it. From CNN reporter Dana Davidsen:
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he’s against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government
“I’m against the Common Core, and I don’t want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference — the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans.
Jindal is term-limited as Louisiana governor and is considering launching a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He’s was the first in a series of conservative White House hopefuls to speak at the conference.
Jindal was once for Common Core but recently has said he wants Louisiana, which adopted the standards in 2010, not to participate.
“We’ve taken a lot of criticism in this state from folks that have criticized me for being against it,” Jindal said Thursday.
“Let me be very clear, I’m for standards and I’m for our kids learning and our kids being able to compete but it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong when the bureaucrats, when the federal government especially, thinks they know best and they don’t need to listen to parents.”
Jindal’s marker on Common Core represents the most significant rebuke of Jeb Bush’s Common Core advocacy to date. The “booming applause” at the Republican Leadership conference probably sent Bush’s handlers into text message frenzy. You can be sure other GOP presidential hopefuls noticed it, too.
This must be a real embarrassment for Bush in that Jindal is a republican rock star with wide appeal. Moreover, Jindal was in no way influenced by the presence of Louisiana ed boss John White, one of Bush’s hand-picked Chiefs for Change.
Jindal’s speech shows him to not be under the influence of the Corporate-Chamber of Commerce wing of the GOP as is Bush. It also aligns Jindal with the Tea Party wing of the republican party whom will determine many early republican primary victories. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s recent appearances with Bush only serve to indicate that she is on board with Common Core.
Few observers feel that Clinton can be bested again during Democratic Party primaries. What a strange world it will be if the republican nominee is against Common Core while Clinton is for it in the 2016 presidential campaign.