Covering Louisiana

Aug 12, 2014 8:22 AM by AP

Jindal seeks to have Common Core lawsuit dismissed

The politically-heated dispute over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards is scheduled for its first hearing before a state district judge.

Tuesday's hearing involves a lawsuit filed by parents and teachers who support Common Core and accuse the governor of violating the Louisiana Constitution in his actions against the multi-state standards.

Jindal, who opposes Common Core, is asking Judge Todd Hernandez to dismiss much of the lawsuit. His lawyer also wants the judge to forbid depositions of the governor, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols and other administration officials.

Most members of the state education board support Common Core, and the board has joined the lawsuit against Jindal. The lawsuit claims the governor overstepped his authority in suspending testing contracts to stop the purchase of Common Core-aligned testing material.

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