Common Core supporters file suit against governor
BATON ROUGE - A second lawsuit over Common Core hit the courts Tuesday, this time filed by parents and educators who support Common Core and argue Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to remove it from the state are illegal.
A New Orleans law firm filed suit in East Baton Rouge Parish on behalf of the group Tuesday. The suit claims Jindal's efforts to intervene with the implementation of testing standards is unconstitutional, and his administration's suspension of the contracts to pay for standardized tests is also illegal.
Jindal, a former Common Core supporter who joined recent conservative opposition to the state-developed standards, issued executive orders recently calling for the state's removal from Common Core and an end to the associated PARCC test. The Board of Secondary and Elementary Education oppose his efforts, claiming he's trying to override their constitutional role to handle education in the state.
Jimmy Faircloth, an outside counsel to the governor's office, said the group who filed today's suit didn't have a case.
A group of 17 state legislators filed suit Monday asking a judge to rule whether or not BESE followed state law when they started implementing the new standards. BESE and state Superintendent of Education John White said that suit has no merit, and that they did follow state law.
"With school starting in three weeks, it is critical that our state resolve as soon as possible the issue of who determines the content of state tests," White said Tuesday, noting neither he nor BESE were involved in this latest lawsuit.
The group suing Jindal is operating with the support of the Black Alliance of Educational Options, and represented by Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. of New Orleans. They scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to answer media questions about the suit.
The BAEO also scheduled pro-Common Core town halls Wednesday and Thursday in Baton Rouge with local lawmakers to answer the public's questions about the political fight.