BESE to join Common Core suit against Jindal; governor files his own suit
Shortly after Louisiana's state school board voted this afternoon to join a lawsuit filed to challenge Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to block implementation of the Common Core education standards, the Jindal administration announced the governor has filed his own lawsuit to block the use of a test affiliated with the controversial education standards. Jindal opposes the multi-state standards, while Education Superintendent John White and most members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education continue to support them. The board voted 6-4 at a special meeting in Baton Rouge today to join the suit filed on behalf of several parents, educators and charter school managers in the state. That suit was one of two filed over Common Core last week; another came from lawmakers who are also seeking to block implementation. The lawsuit BESE is joining accuses Jindal of illegally meddling in education policy. BESE voted to intervene as a plaintiff in the lawsuit and seeks to remove the governor's restrictions on standardized testing plans for the upcoming school year, and to resolve the question raised by the Division of Administration concerning legal authority as it relates to education policy. "Because of the governor's unilateral action to block the board from meeting its obligations under the law, it has become necessary for BESE to engage in legal action to affirm its constitutional authority," says Chas Roemer, BESE president, in a prepared statement. Jindal's lawsuit, meanwhile, seeks to invalidate the state's Memorandum of Understanding with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The filing challenges the MOU on the basis that it offends state sovereignty by attempting to improperly delegate the constitutional authority of BESE and the Legislature to a "consortium" of other states, Jindal's office says in a news release. See the complete suit filed by Jindal.