UPDATE: BESE Votes to Join Lawsuit Against Governor Jindal

UPDATE: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted today to join a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal over Common Core standards.

The vote was 6-4 to join the suit that was filed by parents and teachers against Governor Jindal. 

“BESE has a constitutional and statutory responsibility to implement Louisiana’s academic standards and aligned tests,” said Chas Roemer, BESE president. “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. The school year is about to begin, and the quickest path to resolution is for the Board to enter the lawsuit filed by parents and teachers. The essence of that lawsuit is BESE’s constitutional role in setting education policy in the state, and we should have a seat at the table.”

“BESE’s involvement in the suit will help to bring a resolution faster on the question of the Board’s constitutional authority,” said James Garvey, BESE vice president. “Receiving this clarity quickly will help Louisiana students and teachers move forward, and prepare for testing aligned to the state’s adopted standards.”

Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a special meeting tomorrow to discuss its next step in the Common Core fight.

The meeting will be held in the Louisiana Purchase Room of the Claiborne Building at 11 a.m. in Baton Rouge.

BESE members are expected to discuss the two lawsuits that were filled last week concerning Common Core standards.

In a special meeting earlier this month, BESE voted hire special legal counsel to consider a legal challenge of the Jindal administration’s suspension of state testing contracts.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell approved the move, but Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols rejected the request.

Click here for the agenda.

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