Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:37 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Aug 27, 2014 6:46 PM
LAFAYETTE - The governor's personal crusade over Common Core has now brought him to file suit against the federal government as he continues to try to remove the state from the Common Core.
Jindal opened up a new front in his war against Common Core, saying the feds are coercing state's to adopt the education standards. Now Jindal is paying his lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, $225 per hour of taxpayer money to fight this latest court battle.
"This is too important to play politics," Jindal said Wednesday. "Others are trying to play politics, this is about the kids of Louisiana."
Fresh off last week's loss in state court over Common Core, Jindal filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Department of Education, saying that the Obama administration is using grant money to coerce state's to adopt Common Core.
"They've now said to state's, if you want Race to the Top money, you have to adopt Common Core standards," Jindal said.
One political analyst said the governor is the one playing politics.
"It's thrown Louisiana education into chaos," said Bob Mann, a political analyst and professor at LSU. "And it's all about 2016 presidential politics. Not what's best for children."
The federal education secretary, Arne Duncan, has said publicly that they are not involved with Common Core, something News 2 asked Jindal about directly. The U.S. Department of Education said in response that, "the federal government didn't write, approve or mandate the standards and anyone saying otherwise is misinformed or intentionally misleading."