Jindal removes superintendent's contract rights
BATON ROUGE - In the latest round of political maneuvering over Common Core, Governor Bobby Jindal revoked the ability of state education Superintendent John White to approve some contracts.
Jindal's administration sent White a letter on July 2 saying he could no longer approve any contracts for "professional, personal, consulting or social services" that cost more than $2,000.
Before White could approve contracts worth up to $20,000 without needing prior approval from the Office of Contractual Review.
"We continue to have concerns that the administration's actions are unconstitutional and illegal. We will not cease our efforts to raise expectations for the children of Louisiana," White said Thursday.
The move is the latest in the ongoing dispute over White's continued support of the Common Core education standards, which Jindal recently voiced opposition to after initially supporting the new standards. It also came the same day the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 to hire outside counsel to look into their legal rights in the political showdown.
Superintendent White says state education officials are committed to seeing Common Core put into practice, despite executive orders by the governor to try and remove Louisiana's ability to implement the new standards. Jindal previously said he did not intend to ask White to resign from his position, and that they just didn't see eye to eye on the issue.