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House Committee Votes Down Jindal-Supported Bill That Challenged Common Core

State Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, was asking lawmakers to put a hold on Common Core and form a 32-person committee of educators, parents and experts to review and potentially develop new academic standards for Louisiana with his bill. Geymann’s bill would also have allowed local districts to have control over their curricula, as long as it aligned with the new state standards.

Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted a green card — indicating support — for Geymann’s legislation to the House Education Committee, after several weeks of being circumspect about the his views on Common Core. But no one from Jindal’s staff testified on the bill and his spokesmen did not respond to media requests for information about why he backed Geymann’s legislation.