BESE special meeting planned over Common Core
BATON ROUGE - The state school board announced they would hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss recently filed lawsuits affecting the Common Core education standards.
The Board of Secondary and Elementary Education scheduled the meeting for 11 a.m. at the Claiborne Building.
The agenda included consideration of the two pending suits, one filed by a group of lawmakers claiming BESE did not implement Common Core according to state law, and the other filed by parents and educators against Governor Bobby Jindal's actions to remove the state from Common Core.
Jindal caused a political and educational firestorm when he announced plans to end the state's involvement in Common Core. BESE and Superintendent of Education John White said Jindal doesn't have the authority, and is attempting to circumvent BESE's role in guiding the state's education system.
The political struggle created uncertainty for educators making plans for the upcoming school year. BESE said Common Core would continue to be implemented, even though the governor issued executive orders to not honor the state's contract to administer the PARCC exam.
At their last meeting BESE voted to hire an attorney to give them legal advice in the ongoing struggle. Last week Jindal's administration blocked BESE from hiring that attorney, saying ethics laws prevent state agencies from hiring attorneys to take adverse action against the state. BESE said the attorney agreed to work pro bono, and the contract to hire them matched existing contracts used by Jindal's outside counsel.