In his second inaugural address yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal put the focus on education reform. And that’s the subject of this week’s commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- It’s no surprise that Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to make education reform the centerpiece of his second term. While he was running for re-election, Jindal helped elect a solid majority of his allies to the state board of education.
That will go a long way toward helping Jindal push his reform agenda.
Trouble is, he hasn’t yet said exactly what that agenda is.
He has dropped a few hints. He wants more choices for public school students and parents. That probably means more emphasis on charter schools and expanding the limited voucher program that Jindal pushed through in 2008.
But beyond that, nobody knows the details of Jindal’s plan. That’s because the governor is still putting that plan together.
Now, Jindal, knows what he wants to do, but it’s not yet clear what he can get lawmakers to approve. That’s why he’s been meeting with legislators for the past few weeks — to get a feel for what will pass and what won’t.
As much as he wants to reform public education, Jindal knows he has to win the political battles that are part of the reform process.
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