Gov. Jindal is right: “Education is best left to local control,” Our Views 5/23. But his analogy likening Common Core to Soviet Russia is wrong. We’re not talking about central planning anymore; we’re talking about central selling. This is a Vladimir Putin’s Russia where oligarchs who sell textbooks, computers and standardized tests are controlling the purse strings of local districts. On its merits, Common Core standards providing guidance to school systems toward appropriate education are worthy of implementation. But the execution of these standards has completely hindered local districts from realizing their potential. When we spend more money on computers to test students rather than to teach them, we have a problem. To Gov. Jindal, I would suggest that if he is looking for a third education superintendent, that he find one who has a vision for K-12 students and not for K-12 vendors.

Kathleen Espinoza