In addition, DOE asserts that the rule merely restates the statute, does not mention PARCC or CCSS, and therefore the veto really means nothing. But the rule does outline an implementation timetable for assessments, where if this one is vetoed then presumably the old one is followed -- in violation of state law. So, yet again, the practical interpretation of this may end up decided in court, whether DOE administers it anyway and Jindal disputes that or DOE brings up the matter in order to proceed with administration.
Nor does the hope that his Jefferson Smith-like resistance will sway minds in the end prevent this from happening. Even if somehow that gets enough BESE members or legislators to change course, the damage starts very soon, and any reconsideration that leads to this will happen too late to prevent carnage and ensuing resentment.
Obviously, Jindal rather felt he had to go all in. To say this is a risky gamble is an understatement: in essence, he would have to hope the symbolism of his action and continued pursuit reaps rewards outweighing the costs of fighting a battle the evidence suggests he’s likely to lose, a battle for which there is no overwhelming desire to fight even among those who agree with him on many issues while many erstwhile allies oppose him on this effort, and of those costs from being seen as intransigently political to the point of putting ambition ahead of the deleterious consequences of his actions to educational delivery in his state instead of being viewed as courageously and correctly principled.