BESE votes to join Common Core lawsuit against Jindal

BESE votes to join Common Core lawsuit against Jindal
NBC33 Staff

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:25pm

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on Tuesday to join the lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal.

Chas Roemer, the BESE president, recommended that the board join with others to challenge Jindal on his efforts to remove Common Core standards and testing from Louisiana.

The vote was 6-4. 

The lawsuit was originally filed by a group of parents and educators several days before Tuesday’s meeting.

The board wants clarity and wants the court to decide whether it, or the governor, has the constitutional right to choose end-of-the-year testing standards. It wasn't an easy decision though. Some board members still have mixed views.

"Why do we have to go on record as suing the Governor of Louisiana? I will say this I am not an ally of Governor Jindal, but it is not about Republican Democrat. It's about doing the right thing for Louisiana," said Lottie Beebe. "It is a travesty folks, that we are face with a lawsuit suing the governor."

"I don't even put it out there about suing Governor Jindal. I put it out there as determining what is our constitutional right," said Judith Miranti. "If that's what it takes, we as a board must know our responsibilities. Who sets standards and who sets testing. As a BESE board member, that's what I want to know."

Dozens of people came out for the special meeting, and it got pretty heated. Next up, the first hearing in the suit is scheduled from August 11th.

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