Jindal joins lawsuit to fight Common Core

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Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has joined legislators in their lawsuit to fight Common Core and require the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to follow the law and proper administrative procedures.

The lawsuit alleges that BESE and Superintendent John White did not comply with the Louisiana Administrative Procedures Act when it began implementing Common Core. Under the law, the standards should have been advertised to the public to give parents and community members an opportunity to see the standards and comment on them as state standards were promulgated in previous years. However, the APA was ignored and the standards were not advertised.

Governor Jindal said, “We have always supported the goal of this suit, which is requiring that the Louisiana Department of Education and BESE follow the law. The Louisiana Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education should have followed proper administrative procedure before attempting to implement these one size fits all federal standards, and we believe the court will come to that conclusion in upcoming hearings.

“There is growing dissatisfaction with Common Core and we will continue to support every effort to halt the federalization of curriculum in Louisiana schools. Education is best left to local control – which is why we will continue fighting to get Common Core out of Louisiana.”