With 6-4 vote, BESE joins Common Core lawsuit against Gov. Jinda - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

With 6-4 vote, BESE joins Common Core lawsuit against Gov. Jindal

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The fight over Common Core got hotter with dueling lawsuits. On Tuesday afternoon, The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6- 4 to join a lawsuit filed by parents and teachers against Governor Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal's administration then filed their own lawsuit.

BESE believes Gov. Jindal exceeded his authority when he suspended the testing contracts of Common Core, the state’s new education standards, and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which is the group coordinating it. BESE president Chas Roemer said the decision to go to court wasn’t hard.

“In that lawsuit they're going to be talking about and arguing what is the constitutional authority of BESE,” said Roemer “We felt that if they're going to be arguing our constitutional authority, we should be in the room while they're having that discussion.”

Governor Bobby Jindal fired back by filing his own lawsuit. The lawsuit stated BESE is violating state law by entering into a contract involving a non-public entity in the state business.

With the start of school just days away, things are still up in the air, frustrating many. But, Roemer said the board is looking to land on some solid ground soon.

“While this is a maybe an ongoing court battle we are going to try and provide within a certain amount of time a definitive path for this school year,” said Roemer.

The hearing for the lawsuit against Governor Jindal is set to start on August 18th.

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