BESE special meeting on Common Core testing today
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a special meeting to consider responses to Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools.
The Jindal administration has suspended a state contract to try to keep the education department from buying testing material tied to Common Core for third-graders through eighth-graders, as a way to undermine the standards.
BESE President Chas Roemer and Education Superintendent John White say the governor has overstepped his legal authority. They say they intend to push forward with the multi-state education standards in Louisiana's schools.
The education board meets 11:30 a.m. today to discuss what happens next, including whether to file a lawsuit against Jindal over who has the authority to determine the standardized tests used in Louisiana's schools.