While most of the media moaned and groaned in an effort to persuade Team Jindal they were being dumb, Leigh Ann Caldwell pointed out:
Common Core is more than the issue du jour for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His evolving opposition to the national education standards has become his signature cause and one that may help differentiate him in a potentially crowded Republican presidential field.
Jindal, whose second term ends this year, has embarked on a national tour calling for the end of Common Core standards. . . Jindal, who is known for his in-depth knowledge of policy, especially around the issues of health care and education, released a national education reform agenda Monday. Central to his plan to expand school choice and limit the power of teachers’ union is the dismantling of Common Core.
“Perhaps no better example of … unrepresentative government exists in education than Common Core national curriculum mandates,” Jindal’s report states.
Jindal is using Common Core as a symbol of federal government overreach, and lack of responsiveness to ordinary voters. But in particular, Caldwell notes he is using it, as you said, to spark a debate with Jeb Bush:
Many potential Republican candidates are or have also switched their position. But one potential candidate supports it. And that’s another reason to latch onto the issue. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a fellow Republican presidential candidate who has the name recognition and the network for a serious run, ardently defends his support for it.
Jindal is smart enough to bet on the moms over the Bill Gates crowd. I would love to see Jindal debate Bush, or failing that, Bush surrogate Bill Bennett.
Maggie Gallagher is the editor of ThePulse2016.com.