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Common Core Poses Problem For Louisiana Governor

Whether Gov. Bobby Jindal tries to pull the plug on Common Core and its tests is clearly linked with his national political calculations, election watchers say.

“National ambition guides so much of what Gov. Jindal has done and is presently doing,” said Joshua Stockley, assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. “It has guided his policy priorities, it has guided the way he has governed Louisiana, it has guided his time,” Stockley said. “Common Core is no exception,” he added.

Jindal, who has blasted the new school standards for months, stepped up his criticism Friday when he said flatly that he wants the state out of Common Core. He did so in the same week that two other states with Republican governors — Oklahoma and South Carolina — shelved the new academic goals, and got national attention in doing so.