Louisiana Governor Sues Over Common Core Issues

A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Education by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal feels that states were illegally pressured into adopting the Common Crore academics standards. He says that schools are made to do this if they want to compete for federal grants that are available.

Jindal takes his accusations a bit further and goes on to state that Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is forcing states to adopt Common Core standards to gain a waiver from the more restrictive No Child Left Behind education law.

He was once a proponent of the Common Core, so what has changed?

His criticism comes from his feelings that “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.”

In June, after a failed attempt to pull Louisiana schools out of the program, he tried to sue his state board of education as well. He was unsuccessful and has now moved on to the U.S. Department of Education. Arne Duncan said in June, “Gov. Jindal was a passionate supporter [of Common Core] before he was against it. That situation is about politics and not about education. And frankly that’s part of the problem.” This may indeed be the case since one of the litmus tests for Republican candidates is opposition to Common Core standards.

The U.S. Department of education doesn’t seem concerned with the lawsuit however. Instead, spokeswoman Dorie Nolt has said, “The most important thing is that children in Louisiana have gone back to school this year with high academic standards in place in their classrooms to help prepare them to succeed in college career and life.” There are currently 43 states and the District of Columbia participating in the program.

Layton, L. (2014, August 27). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core State Standards. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/louisiana-gov-bobby-jindal-sues-obama-over-common-core-state-standards/2014/08/27/34d98102-2dfb-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html

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