Jindal sets July 17 meeting with education chief

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal has scheduled a July 17 meeting with Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise in their dispute over testing tied to the Common Core education standards.

White was directed by the state education board last week to seek a meeting with the governor. Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said Wednesday that the meeting date had been set.

Jindal suspended a contract that White intended to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core, as a way to derail use of standards the governor opposes.

But lawmakers and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have voted to maintain Common Core in public school classrooms, and White says Jindal has overstepped his legal authority.

The disagreement has stalled testing plans for the upcoming school year.

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