Bobby Jindal Rebukes Jeb Bush on Common Core

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.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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4 Responses to Bobby Jindal Rebukes Jeb Bush on Common Core

  1. It’s also very convenient to dismiss CC as unneeded once your biggest city has gone completely charter schools.

    • BigB says:

      It makes no difference, charter schools will gladly fall in line with CC. In fact, managed by for-profit companies, charter schools are seeing a stronger urge to implement CC because of its built-in, cost-savings, assessment mechanisms. It is ironic that the charter model has been built on an idea that offers a better education, but now will try to enrich itself with the same lousy curriculum as public schools. What is the incentive of the parent to cart their children to school where the education is the same as a public school that offers free transportation and in most cases better facilities and better extra-curricular programs.

  2. Jindal says that he is against the Common Core because federal officials will be making decisions “and won’t listen to parents”. This is from a guy that ignores the hundred of parents and community member who want their schools out of the failed state run Recovery School District. Jindal refuses to honor this “parent” request, maybe he just for honoring parents request that advances his personal political agenda.

  3. Priscilla C. says:

    Pardon my cynicism but I can’t help but wonder if CCSS had been unleashed under a (white) Republican president how many Republican governors, pundits, voters, and Fox affiliates would be singing their praises now and forever.

    That was how it was with NCLB, even with Ted Kennedy’s OK.

    I am grateful for the supposed hypocrisy; I remember too well how the whole standards movement arose out of the very conservative Republican Fordham University, Manhattan Institute, and the various Washington conservative Republican think tanks. Back then they hand’t met a reform strategy they didn’t love, as long as it demonized “liberal” teachers, public “welfare” schools (who educate those not-like-us children with OUR money, as they like to say), and Satan’s spawn unions. And of course, Milton Friedman.

    Anytime Jeb gets thwarted by his own party is a time for celebration though. I can hardly stomach Jindal but credit where it is due.

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