Superintendent worries student testing money is threatened
BATON ROUGE - State Education Superintendent John White says he's concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing.
Jindal opposes Louisiana's use of testing tied to the Common Core education standards.
But Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no such cuts are proposed in the governor's spending recommendations for next year, which will be unveiled Friday.
In a conference call with reporters Monday, White said he's heard speculation the governor's budget would cut money the state education department uses to pay for standardized testing required under state and federal law.
Parrish said every state agency will face "strategic reductions to contracts" in the governor's budget proposal. She said the reductions proposed to the education department didn't specifically target testing and the agency could decide how to cut its contracts.
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