Teachers, parents want Jindal under oath in suit
BATON ROUGE - The attorney representing parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued to stop Governor Bobby Jindal's attempts to end Common Core in Louisiana said they want to put Jindal under oath and depose him for the suit.
"I think we have a right because he's a party to the case. It's his actions that generated this entire thing," said Steve Kupperman, attorney for the plaintiff's. "So we have a right to find out why he took those steps and what his instructions have been to other people."
Jindal's attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, said the governor's protected by state statute from having to testify.
"The statute says a sitting governor cannot be deposed unless he has eyewitness testimonythat can't be obtained otherwise," Faircloth said. "This isn't a case where eyewitness testimony matters. These are legal issues that deal with the authority of the governor, BESE and Department of Education."
The hearing ended around 1 p.m. with no decision on any of the issues raised.
Jindal was not in court for the hearings Tuesday. He initially supported the new education standards which were developed by a group of states, including Louisiana, but joined national conservative opposition to the standards this summer.
Attorneys representing the Division of Administration, which handles the state's contracts and canceled plans to pay for the PARCC exam, argued that the plaintiffs had no standing to sue them. The parents, educators and charter school managers who filed the suit said the decisions made by the DOA directly impact their children's educations, teacher salaries and assessments, which gives them all standing.
The suit claims Jindal overstepped when he filed executive orders to cancel the state's agreement with Common Core and the PARCC test which goes with the program. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently joined the plaintiffs in the suit, and have said Common Core will be part of this year's curriculum.
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