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 HSLDA.org/CommonCore.
- 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
- News Conference, WDSU News, June 2014
- Politico: “Bobby Jindal Sues Federal Government Over the Common Core“, August 2014
- CPAC 2015
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.