Covering Louisiana

Aug 13, 2014 7:13 PM by Associated Press

Judge OKs lawsuit, but blocks Jindal's deposition

A state judge has refused a Jindal administration request to throw out much of a lawsuit against the governor accusing him of illegally meddling in the use of Common Core education standards.

District Judge Todd Hernandez ruled Wednesday that while the lawsuit could move forward, Gov. Bobby Jindal can't be questioned under oath as part of it.

A group of parents and teachers who support Common Core sued after Jindal suspended contracts needed to buy testing materials that use the standards. The lawsuit accused Jindal of violating the Louisiana Constitution in his actions against Common Core.

Jindal once supported the standards as improving student preparation for college and careers. But Jindal, who is considering a 2016 presidential campaign, now opposes them as a federal intrusion in state education policy.

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