Roemer blames Jindal for Common Core ‘fiasco’

Article By: Will Sentell | August 5, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The president of Louisiana’s top School Board said Monday that the Common Core debate has turned into a “fiasco” and Gov. Bobby Jindal is solely to blame.

“The fiasco we are going through right now is a fiasco caused by one person,” Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said of the governor.

Asked if Jindal’s stance stems strictly from political ambitions, Roemer said he thinks it is “very clear that the governor spends more time worried about his national politics than the state.

“I have no other explanation,” he said of the governor’s anti-Common Core views.

In a prepared statement, Jindal reiterated his view that Roemer and state Superintendent of Education John White should “follow the law” and issue a request for proposals to come up with new tests.

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