After win over Governor, state begins implementing tests
BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez issued a defeat to Governor Bobby Jindal in the fight over Common Core in Louisiana Tuesday.
The judge granted a request by parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued Jindal to stop several executive orders and actions meant to remove the state from the Common Core education standards.
Hernandez said the group proved they suffered damages because of Jindal's actions, and that they were likely to prevail in their suit against the governor. His ruling prevents Jindal from enforcing any of his orders and actions during the course of the suit.
Jimmy Faircloth, the governor's attorney, said he will appeal Hernandez's ruling. Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin said the judge was wrong, and fell for Common Core supporters' arguments "hook, line and sinker."
"We want to make sure every other agency head in state government knows this judge is wrong," Plotkin said. "If this judge's ruling stands, it would cause chaos in state government and bring us back to the old days in Louisiana when it was ok to give no-bid contracts to your friends."
Superintendent of Education John White said he sent a letter to the governor's Division of Administration that they intended to continue the Common Core implementation process, and asked for the administration's cooperation.
"Our students are just as smart and capable as any in America. We've been working for four years to teach them to the highest standards anywhere. Today's ruling continues that progress," White said.
Jindal issued the executive orders this summer after claiming Common Core, which he once supported, instead represented too much interference in the state's education. Most of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education opposed him, including President Chas Roemer, saying the governor overstepped his authority by interfering with BESE's constitutional role handling education in the state.
Late Tuesday, state education leaders told the Governor's office they were beginning to implement assessments for the school year.
"School has started in communities across Louisiana. BESE and the Department will thus proceed with urgency in delivering these legally required assessments to students across the state," White said.