Jindal is planning to run for president in 2016, and the lawsuit positions the governor on the side of most conservative activists and Republican base voters. President Obama’s national agenda for education reform has grown increasingly unpopular in those circles. Like Jindal, Republican governors have responded by rejecting the implementation of Common Core in their states or throwing it out post-implementation.
In his suit, Jindal says the new program violates the 10th Amendment by subverting state sovereignty as the administration pressured states to adopt the standards. Jindal initially supported Common Core but reversed course.
“The proponents of Common Core will tell you that it’s simply about one test and about standards, but that’s a ruse. Common Core is about controlling curriculum. Educators know that what’s tested is what’s taught,” Jindal said. “Make no mistake — Common Core tests will drive curriculum. Common Core supporters should own up to this fact and finally admit they want to control curriculum. These are big government elitists that believe they know better than parents and local school boards.”
Jindal argues that the Obama administration “hijacked” the program and transformed it from its original intent.
“What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of baseline standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum,” he said.