When Gov. Bobby Jindal threw his last-minute support behind what turned out to be a failed legislative bid to toss out the Common Core academic standards, he teamed up with what he has long called the “coalition for the status quo” — against his own political allies.
Jindal’s backing for a pair of anti-Common Core bills put him in an alliance with the very groups he repeatedly blasted in 2012 when pushing his own education overhaul through the Legislature, including tougher tenure laws and an expanded voucher program.
It meant that he was aligned with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers — often criticized by the governor as an obstacle to his and others’ education improvements — as well as the Louisiana Association of Educators, another frequent foe, to shelve the tougher academic goals.
“There are times when we can find common ground,” Jindal said in a brief interview on Friday.