No breakthroughs in Common Core meeting
BATON ROUGE - There were no dramatic breakthroughs during Thursday's much-anticipated meeting over Common Core between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White.
Jindal and White scheduled the meeting to resolve their differences over the Common Core education standards and PARCC assessment test Louisiana is set to implement this year. The meeting, which lasted almost an hour, produced no clear decisions or directives from either party.
Jindal's office issued a statement after the meeting, reiterating the governor's claims that the Department of Education did not follow state law when setting up standardized testing contracts for PARCC.
"I made it clear to Superintendent White that it is important for the Louisiana Department of Education to follow the law," Jindal said. "Procurement law is designed to protect taxpayers and it must be followed."
Superintendent John White said at a press conference after the meetings that he saw less hope they would reach a compromise with Jindal.
"We're not in a better place than we were two weeks ago," he said.
Jindal, who initially supported Common Core, recently threw a wrench into the state's implementation of the standards when he announced plans to remove Louisiana from Common Core. White claimed Jindal was overstepping his constitutional authority by trying to usurp his and BESE's role handling state education.