BATON ROUGE— Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking to join a lawsuit filed by 17 state lawmakers seeking to stop Louisiana from using the Common Core education standards.
The governor petitioned the court Thursday to add him as a plaintiff.
The lawsuit alleges state education officials didn’t follow Louisiana law when adopting the standards, saying it required a public comment period and legislative oversight.
Education Superintendent John White disagreed, saying the oversight process wasn’t required. And the district judge in the case earlier refused to immediately stop use of Common Core, saying the lawmakers failed to demonstrate the likelihood they would succeed at trial.
The Common Core standards are English and math benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states. Jindal opposes them as an Obama administration effort to meddle in state education policy.