Judge: Jindal can't be deposed, suit moves forward
BATON ROUGE - A judge ruled Wednesday that a group of parents, teachers and charter school managers can procede with their lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal.
However, Judge Todd Hernandez said Jindal is protected from being deposed by executive privilege.
Hernandez issued his rulings a day after hearing arguments in the suit, which challenges Jindal's attempts to end the state's involvement with the Common Core education standards.
The group who filed the suit claims he overstepped his authority, and that by doing so threatened their children's education as well as teacher salaries and assessments, which are tied to school performance.
Jindal initially supported the tougher Common Core standards until he joined national conservative opposition to them this summer. The governor claimed they represented too much of an outside influence on education in Louisiana.
The suit will be back in court Monday, Aug. 18. A second lawsuit filed by a group of lawmakers who claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education broke state law when they implemented Common Core is scheduled to be in Judge Tim Kelley's court on Friday, Aug. 15.