Jindal sued over Common Core by charter school allies
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is being sued by a coalition of parents and educators, including charter school allies, over his turnabout on supporting the Common Core State Standards.
- The Choice Foundation, which operates charter schools in the state, filed the suit on the grounds that Jindal overstepped his authority with executive actions to suspend Common Core testing contracts, adding that the administration's claims that the contracts are illegal is "a pretext to conceal their attempt ... to set their own education policy."
- On the other side of the coin, an anti-Common Core lawsuit filed Monday by state lawmakers accuses the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of fumbling the implementation of the standards.
Choice Foundation Chair Jim Swanson recalls Jindal's previous praise for the standards, stating in a Tuesday conference call, "This action of throwing the system into disarray was a very irresponsible action." Teachers unions had already decried the implementation in several states as being rushed, and flip-flopping on Common Core while teachers are in the middle of acclimating to the standards and centering lesson plans around them only makes the problem worse.
If the Choice Foundation and the coalition of parents and educators included in the suit get their way, the suit will let the state continue with Common Core-aligned exams, currently suspended for grades three through eight.
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