BATON ROUGE — U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s about-face on the Common Core education standards may bolster his political base in his campaign for governor, but whether Vitter’s newfound opposition will influence the upcoming legislative debate is murkier.

The Republican senator and front-runner in the 2015 governor’s race delivered a surprise in a Monday morning email announcing he opposes Common Core — only four months after saying he strongly supported the multistate standards.

Common Core standards are grade-by-grade benchmarks of what students should learn in English and math, adopted by more than 40 states.

Louisiana’s state education leaders and lawmakers have refused to


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