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Jindal, BESE President At Odds Over Common Core

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled legislative proposals Wednesday that would pull Common Core from the state's public schools.  His announcement comes as teachers administer new standardized tests this week.

Jindal, who ushered in the new curriculum only to make an about-face in his support of Common Core, wants to develop standards and assessment tests with input from state teachers and parents.  "I believe this legislation will empower our teachers as to what's being taught in the classroom," said Jindal.

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Chas Roemer is baffled by the governor's idea.  "The governor's plan is so poorly thought out, it hardly deserves comment," Roemer said in dismissing the suggestion of reworking educational standards.  Roemer says the state had input on Common Core and early results are encouraging.

Jindal intends on introducing the proposals in the legislative session that begins in April.