Gov. Bobby Jindal’s most recent appointee to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education does not support the Common Core academic standards, Mike Hasten writes in an article for the Shreveport Times. In fact, Jane Smith told Hasten she believes Jindal can unilaterally withdraw Louisiana from the standards and associated tests — a position under legal dispute.
“I’m extremely hopeful the governor will be able to sign us out of Common Core and PARCC,” said Smith, a former Bossier Parish state legislator and superintendent. She said it had nothing to do with Jindal’s position and came from reservations she’d heard from educators: “Appointed or not, that’s my feeling about it.”