Jindal vetoes bill to soften Common Core

One of the few Common Core bills to emerge from the 2014 Legislature was vetoed Friday by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The measure, House Bill 953, would give students, teachers and schools an extra year to prepare for the new academic standards.

The moratorium was already set for the 2014-15 school year.

The bill, by state Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, would add the 2015-16 school year.

In his veto message, Jindal noted that the measure sparked criticism from both sides of the Common Core debate.

Business groups and others opposed the proposal because it added another delay to new teacher evaluation and other rules approved in 2012.

Jindal said Common Core critics saw the legislation as “enshrining Louisiana’s participation in Common Core and PARCC.”

“Given the widespread opposition and the gravity of any decision that affects our children, I have vetoed House Bill 953 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives,” he wrote.

The governor said the bill “would significantly impair parents’ ability to have clear information about the performance of their child’s school and teachers’ ability to have meaningful feedback.”

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