Education board president says he won't run again for seat
BATON ROUGE - The president of Louisiana's top school board has decided he won't run for re-election.
Chas Roemer announced Wednesday that he won't be on the Oct. 24 ballot seeking to return to his seat on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing the Baton Rouge area.
He says his children and his investment management business need more of his attention right now and he felt confident with the direction of the education board without him.
The son of a former governor, Roemer has been a close ally of Education Superintendent John White on contentious issues.
Roemer sided with White in a long-running feud with Gov. Bobby Jindal over whether Louisiana should continue to use the Common Core education standards. Jindal opposes the standards, while White and Roemer support Common Core.