Bobby Jindal | Candidates on Common Core

Bobby Jindal - Candidates on Common Core - Andrew Mullins - HSLDA Blog

Every week leading up to the 2016 Primary Season, HSLDA will post a profile for one of the 2016 Presidential candidates on Homeschooling Now, highlighting where each stands on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information on the Common Core, check out our free resources at



  • 55th Governor of Louisiana (2008-present)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (2005-2008)

CURRENT POSITION: Opposes Common Core

PAST POSITION:  Supported Common Core


  • 2010: Jindal supports Louisiana’s adoption of Common Core.
  • 2011: Jindal chooses John White, strong Common Core advocate, as superintendent of education.
  • 2013-2014: Begins voicing opposition to federal “takeover” of Common Core; files an anti-Common Core lawsuit against the federal government in August 2014.


“Gov. Jindal supported (Common Core) when he believed it to be a state-led effort. Later, when he discovered it was a centralized federal effort, he opposed it and began working to remove Common Core from Louisiana.” —Jindal’s spokesperson Mike Reed to Politifact, August 2014, via Politifact

“Common Core was never supposed to be a top-down government-run approach. I’ve never been for the federal government making curriculum decisions. It was supposed to be voluntary standards. This was a bait and switch. The Race to the Top was never supposed to be about Common Core, and that’s why we’re suing the federal government. … This is a violation of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Existing law says the federal government shouldn’t make curriculum decisions. … They’ve broken federal law in the race to the top funding, in the no child left behind waivers using federal dollars to force states into Common Core. By the way, I’m still for high standards. I don’t want a one size fits all approach coming out of D.C.” —Interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, December 2014 via Breitbart

“A lot of politicians say they’re against Common Core. I’m actually in federal court right now suing President Obama and suing Arne Duncan…to stop it.” —New Hampshire Republican Party Conference, April 2015 via Politico

Bobby Jindal - Candidates on Common Core - Andrew Mullins - HSLDA Blog


SUMMARY: Although Jindal initially supported the standards, he has come out in strong opposition against them since the federal government began upping its involvement. He is perhaps one of the most active advocates of repealing the standards, suing the government and making several pointed campaign speeches against involvement in Common Core and its consortia.

— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell

Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image by Gage Skidmore.

4 thoughts on “Bobby Jindal | Candidates on Common Core

  1. Dear Mr. Jindal,

    American Patriots understood from day one that governmental intrusion into the most intimate aspect of a freeman’s life (his mind/thoughts/education) is both enslaving and unconstitutional. We the People know who you are and are not fooled by your exploitation since you figured out who We are. While every man, free or otherwise, understands freedom, the concept of American Liberty and American Loyalty has been passed from generation to generation in America and has become a part of who We are. That is why our Constitution requires the President and Vice President be “natural born” citizens. We have recently experienced the damage that a violation of this maxim can cause. You are not qualified and not wanted. You may go away now.



  2. It is indeed a violation of the 10th Amendment as Mr. Jindal points out, but not implicating our Federal enemies for their violation of our MOST precious 1st Amendment as well is very telling. Mr. Jindal may have good intentions, but he doesn’t get it because he can’t get it. Perhaps he’ll educate and pass along his new found patriotism to his children who can experience and live it their entire lives. Only then can we accept a President Jindal.


  3. Governor Jindal is correct in his criticism of Common Core and Race to the Top. These programs are a take over of the individual State’s Education System. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution defines the items of authority delegated to the Federal Government and public education is not one of them. Common Core and Race to the Top are two of the most insidious programs developed by the federal government to force tyranny on the American People. I am a member of a county board of education in North Carolina and I worked with the state legislature to repeal both of these programs because they are a total waste and an act of tyranny. If you don’t believe it contact your school board and ask them for a copy of the application they submitted to the USDOE when they applied for the RttT Grant. The application details the giving away of the states rights and rights of the parents, students and teachers. Don’t agree contact me on facebook “Ron Price for Education”


    • Agree completely! In fact I have a child who is benefiting from the RttT Grant. Through the program she will attain her baccalaureate degree before her eighteenth birthday. While I am abundantly proud of her hard work and accomplishments I am vehemently opposed to this and ALL federal involvement in education, but since I was first forced to pay for the program against my will, I took advantage of it.


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