Jindal administration subjects Common Core testing contracts to closed-door review
- Contractors under consideration for Common Core-aligned standardized testing by Louisiana's education department were subjected to an obscure closed-door review Friday by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.
- The move is the latest development in the ongoing Common Core clash between Jindal, who once supported Common Core, and Education Commissioner John White.
- WRAL reports that the closed-door review, known as a Procurement Support Team, isn't always used for state contracts, but that Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said the process would guarantee accountability with the contracts with the multimillion-dollar contracts that could span over a decade.
According to WRAL, Pamela Rice, assistant director of state procurement for the state's Division of Administration, requested that reporters from the Associated Press and The Advocate leave the meeting, noting that "this is not a public body." It's an easy opening for scrutiny, considering she's a public employee at a public agency that's using public money.
Still, the move should come as no surprise to those who have been following the Common Core battle between White and Jindal, who has failed to rid the state of the standards he once supported despite seemingly pulling out all the stops. By now, educators and students in the state are likely growing comfortable with the new expectations, so shaking things up and requiring an entirely new approach at this point could do more harm than good.
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