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Jul 1, 2014 6:53 PM by AP WRITER MELINDA DESLATTE

BESE votes to hire attorney over Common Core issues

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top school board took the first steps toward a possible lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 Tuesday to hire outside lawyers for guidance. But no legal action could be taken against the Republican governor without another board vote.

Meanwhile, the board instructed Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise with Jindal over what standardized tests will be used in the upcoming school year.

Jindal suspended a contract to keep the education department from buying testing material tied to Common Core, to undermine use of the education standards.

White and BESE President Chas Roemer said Jindal overstepped his legal authority. A majority of BESE members support Common Core.

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