Louisiana joins Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma as the fourth state to pull out of the Common Core Standards.  Governor Bobby Jindal notified the creators and copyright holders of the Standards, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), of Louisiana’s withdrawal from Common Core, and he ordered the state’s Department of Education and the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education (BESE) to develop new standards for the state.imrs.php

Jindal also requested the Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which was to administer Common Core aligned achievement tests, to pull out of Louisiana.  The Department of Education was ordered to enter into a competitive bidding process to purchase new assessments.

So with several strokes of his pen, Governor Jindal has reversed the tide of education in the Bayou State, away from national standards controlled by Washington and private concerns with an economic interest toward state and local control by parents and school boards.

Louisiana’s state education bureaucracy will not accept Jindal’s actions without a fight.  State Superintendent John White indicated that the Department of Education will continue to implement Common Core.

That Governor Jindal is among the governors to back out of the Standards and to do it in such a unilateral fashion is quite a statement given that he was one of the prominent early backers of Common Core.  But, as Jindal explains in his USA editorial and in his recent press release on withdrawing from Common Core, he has become concerned with the federal intrusion into state education policy.  Jindal stated in his press release,

“…proponents weren’t up front about federal involvement in PARCC and Common Core. Now that we understand the federal overreach involved, we need to slow down and make the right decision.”

And in Jindal’s notification to PARCC, he points out a crucial point Common Core opponents in Ohio have also raised – Common Core aligned state achievement tests usurp control of curriculum from parents and local school boards.  Jindal wrote,

“First, PARCC’s Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Education (USDOE) includes terms that would remove Louisiana’s control over its assessments, and thereby its curriculum and pedagogy. While PARCC has assured states that curriculum is a local matter, the reality is what is assessed is what is taught and PARCC has a funding agreement with USDOE for $186 million.”

Fox News reports that Indiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Louisiana are not alone.  Pressure is heating up in other states to pull back from Common Core.  Legislation is working its way through the North Carolina legislature that would repeal the Standards and the Missouri state legislature has passed a repeal bill with a veto proof majority.

And there’s more good news.  The Clarion Ledger reports that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has stated his objections to the Common Core Standards.  Bryant anticipates Common Core repeal to be an issue in the next legislative session.

Truth in American Education provides on its home page a detailed map noting 35 states which currently have some form of Common Core opposition in the works.  And don’t forget, four states rejected Common Core from the outset and Minnesota did not adopt the math standards.

Fox News did not overlook Ohio.  The Fox article mentioned the Common Core repeal rally which took place at the Statehouse on June 4th and Representative John Adams’ efforts to force a vote on repeal with a discharge petition.

Common Core opponents in Ohio should take heart in the progress being made in other states as that momentum will put pressure on our own legislature to move forward with Rep. Andy Thompson’s Common Core repeal bill, HB 237.

Governor John Kasich should not be forgotten in Ohio’s repeal efforts as it is his administration which determines the direction of education in Ohio.  Kasich has got to be aware of the efforts of his fellow Republican governors to take back control of education from the federal government and he can do the same in Ohio.  The Governor can get the ball rolling on Common Core repeal with one phone call to House Education Committee Chairman Gerald Stebelton.

The children of Ohio are too precious to leave their education in the hands of federal bureaucrats and private organizations out to make a buck.  Let’s call on Governor Kasich to return Ohio’s education system back to one of local control with parents and school boards at the helm.