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Jindal says he won't ask for White's resignation

3 years 4 days 3 hours ago June 19, 2014 Jun 19, 2014 Thursday, June 19 2014 June 19, 2014 1:12 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not ask for the resignation of John White, the state's superintendent of education, over the recent Common Core political struggle.

Jindal said during an event in Baton Rouge that he and White, whom Jindal recommended for the superintendent's post, just did not see eye to eye on this particular issue.

The governor made the comments at a signing ceremony Thursday at LSU for legislation to create the WISE Fund, a $40 million fund colleges and universities can compete for to cover workforce development and research.

White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education defied the governor's announcement Wednesday that Louisiana was getting out of the Common Core program, which was developed by a group of states to provide a common set of education standards. White and BESE said Jindal did not have the authority to remove the state from the program, and that the Common Core standards would continue to be implemented.

Jindal said Thursday they were continuing with an audit of the state education department. The governor's administration said Wednesday they think BESE did not follow state law securing the contract for Common Core's assessment test, called PARCC.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Wednesday they had suspended the state's contract with PARCC while it could be reviewed. Jindal wants White and BESE to come up with a replacement test, which White said could take at least a year.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the Common Core controversy tonight at 6 p.m.

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