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LA Gov. Jindal to make announcement regarding Common Core

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 This afternoon, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will make an announcement at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge regarding Common Core.

Details of the 12:45pm announcement will be released on ktbs.com and the KTBS 3 Facebook page as the information is made available.

Louisiana business and civic groups have called for the governor to keep the Common Core education standards in Louisiana schools. The groups pointed out that state lawmakers and education leaders have voted to maintain the benchmarks adopted by most states for english and math. They say if the governor takes an executive action to kill the standards, he would be overstepping his authority.

Meanwhile, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Gov. Jindal's recent opposition to the Common Core education standards is politically-driven.

Duncan made his comments Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," when questioned about the English and math benchmarks adopted by most states and Jindal's criticism of them.

The secretary noted Louisiana's GOP governor once was a supporter of Common Core. He said of Jindal's switched position: "It's about politics, it's not about education."

Republicans are divided on Common Core, with opposition from tea party organizations.

Jindal has said he intends to take executive action to remove the Common Core from Louisiana classrooms, despite legislative support for the standards.

Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates said Duncan's comments prove the Common Core is being pushed by the Obama administration as "a federal takeover" of education.

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