Thank you for The Advocate stories and editorials citing PAR’s recent commentary on the unfortunate dispute between the governor and the state education board that has jeopardized the implementation of accountability tests for public school students this coming school year.
In her response to PAR’s commentary, Kathryn Goppelt’s letter to the editor excuses the governor from any responsibility for this situation. I respect that Goppelt does not favor Common Core. But fervor for her cause should not blind her to the reality that the governor is indeed central to the problem and the potential solution regarding student assessments this year.
I agree with her point that this controversy is about who primarily will oversee the education of Louisiana’s children. Will it be the state school board and the Legislature, as authorized and spelled out in the constitution and by statutes and policies endorsed by the until-recently pro-Common Core Gov. Bobby Jindal? Or will it be the anti-Common Core Gov. Jindal and his administrative staff through the politicized use of the procurement code?
Those who criticize President Barack Obama for executive overreach should not excuse the governor when he does the same.
Robert Travis Scott
President, Public Affairs Research Council