Lafayette

Aug 27, 2014 4:36 PM

Jindal's visit turns to Common Core press conference

A press conference for Bell Helicopter's new assembly facility in Lafayette turned to questions about Common Core, and Governor Jindal's lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

It was announced today that Jindal is planning to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says that violates the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content.

A copy of the draft lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by Jindal's office. He plans to file it Wednesday in federal court.

Governor Jindal says the lawsuit is not about politics, and when it comes to Common Core he says, "D.C. bureaucrats think they know better than us." The Governor adds, "The Federal Government shouldn't make curriculum decisions in schools."

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