Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana, filed suit against the Obama administration on Wednesday August 28, 2014.
Jindal's suit is based on his claim that The Department of Education has exceeded its constitutional authority by offering states grants if they choose to opt-in to the Common Core Math standards.
Jindal’s Complaint claims the Common Core is “an attempt by the executive branch to implement national education reform far beyond the intentions of Congress; in fact, in contradiction to 50 years of Congressional policy forbidding federal direction or control of curriculum, the cornerstone of education policy.”
This lawsuit has frivolous overtones in a variety of ways. The most curious thing about the suit is that Jindal himself signed the legislation that initially implemented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Yes, his administration actively pushed the legislature to enact them.
“I frankly don’t foresee a controversy over this and if there is one and we come out swinging about how impt [sic] this is that helps not hurts our case. We stand very firmly behind CCSS as you know. - Stafford Palmieri, Jindal’s Top Education Policy adviser. [SOURCE].
Jindal marks the far-right on Common Core: only a handful of states are not participating in the voluntary program. When it comes to doing about faces on Common Core implementation Jindal is not by himself.
- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who once supported their implementation, signed a bill this June to repeal them.
- South Carolina first adopted the standards in 2010, but also had them repealed this summer.
- Indiana led the way with its repeal in March, though its new state standards are remarkablysimilar.
By suing the Obama administration, Bobby Jindal puts himself in an alienating status on the Common Core. He himself has protested unnecessary lawsuits, once remarking: “This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law.” On the political camaraderie side of the coin Jindal joins some of his fellow Republicans in gumming up the legal system with frivolous lawsuits instead of helping ordinary Americans.