BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's state school board is joining a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing the governor of illegally meddling in education policy in his efforts to block use of the Common Core education standards.
Jindal opposes the multi-state standards, while Education Superintendent John White and most members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education continue to support them.
BESE voted 6-4 Tuesday to join the lawsuit filed by parents, teachers and a charter school organization. Two of Jindal's three education board appointees agreed to sue the governor.
At issue is Jindal's suspension of state testing contracts the education department intended to use to buy testing material aligned with the standards.
Meanwhile, the Jindal administration filed its own lawsuit Tuesday, seeking to invalidate Louisiana's participation in a Common Core-related testing consortium.