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Jindal Orders Louisiana Out Of Common Core

Igniting new controversy, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he is ordering Louisiana out of the Common Core tests as part of a series of moves to drop the new academic standards after the Legislature refused to do so. “We need to start this process over,” Jindal told reporters.

But state Superintendent of Education John White, who Jindal pushed for the job, took the unusual step of publicly charging that the governor is wrong on the law and that Common Core plans will continue for the 2014-15 school year. “Our interpretation happens to be the right one,” White said.

Even late Wednesday a key Jindal lieutenant, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced action that could submarine plans by White to proceed with test plans. The latest developments escalated an already hotly-debated topic that has sparked intense arguments for months, and which easily ranks as the most debated public school issue here in years.