Jindal rejects bill to stall Common Core effects
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An effort to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year was rejected Friday by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have pushed back the effects of the testing associated with the new standards to one year longer than the policy adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, framed his bill as a compromise to give teachers and students more time to cope with rising standards before being penalized for them in school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion.
Jindal cited "widespread opposition" to the bill from both Common Core supporters and opponents and the "gravity of any decision that affects our children" in his veto message.
Criticism of Leger's bill ranged from concerns that delays would slow education changes enacted over the last four years in teacher evaluation and school performance laws to worries that the bill would tie Louisiana to Common Core.
The governor, a one-time supporter of Common Core now turned critic of the standards, referenced both sides of the opposition in his veto letter.
"The bill sacrifices the important education reforms supported by this Legislature in 2010 and 2012 in order to implement a set of national standards and tests that take away local control and standardize our education system," Jindal wrote.