Posted: Jun 18, 2014 5:24 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 18, 2014 6:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - The political fracas over Common Core at the state's highest levels of government deepened Wednesday, as Governor Bobby Jindal's administration accused state education Superintendent John White of overstepping his authority.
Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary may have overreached when they set up the contract to introduce the PARCC exam, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Nichols said the state's contract with PARCC has been suspended until it can be reviewed, because the Department of Education used the same contract with PARCC that was used with the iLeap test in 2003. Nichols says White and BESE may have overreached in using the same contract.
The PARCC test was scheduled to be administered statewide starting this school year, and Nichols said the first payments were scheduled to be made on Aug. 31. She said that payment will not happen until the contracts can be reviewed in accordance with state law.
This came after Jindal announced several actions Wednesday afternoon intended to remove the state from the Common Core program and stop the PARCC test from being given. Shortly after that announcement, White and BESE President Chas Roemer claimed Jindal did not have the authority to do that, and that the state would continue to implement Common Core and PARCC.
White said he would need time to review the Jindal administration's efforts to stop Common Core from being implemented, and refused to comment on any possible alternatives to the PARCC exam until they could examine their legal options. He said it takes a full year to create an exam from scratch.