BESE effort to hire lawyer faces Jindal resistance
BATON ROUGE - The state education board has hit a roadblock from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration in its efforts to hire a law firm to pursue a possible lawsuit against the governor.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, whose office reviews state agency contracts, requested more information Thursday from BESE about its lawyer's contract. Nichols says the law firm can't represent a party in "an action adverse to the state."
BESE President Chas Roemer responded to Nichols in a letter which said their contract matched existing contracts with Jindal's outside counsel, Jimmy Faircloth, which have already been approved by Nichols' office.
Meanwhile, Education Superintendent John White told school superintendents he will have a standardized testing plan for schools by mid-August. Jindal has suspended testing contracts because of the Common Core dispute.