Jindal and White to meet about Common Core dispute

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – After weeks of public disagreement, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Education Superintendent John White are sitting down to talk about standardized testing for the upcoming school year.

At issue in Thursday afternoon’s meeting are the Common Core education standards and the education department’s plans to use tests aligned to the multi-state benchmarks.

White and a majority of state education board members support Common Core.

Jindal, a one-time Common Core supporter, now opposes the standards as a federal intrusion into local education. He suspended education department testing contracts to undermine plans to purchase Common Core-related testing material.

White says the governor overreached his authority, while Jindal says the education department didn’t follow contracting law.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education directed White to try to broker a compromise with the governor.

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