Judge rules against Jindal in Common Core lawsuit

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MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by supporters of the Common Core education standards, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state standards.

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday.

He said Jindal’s suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core is causing harm to parents, teachers, administrators and students.

The contract suspension has stalled standardized testing plans for third-grade through eighth-grade students in Louisiana’s public schools.

Parents, teachers and a charter school organization sued Jindal after he suspended the contracts, alleging he violated constitutional separations of authority over education policy. The state education board joined in suing Jindal.

Jindal’s lawyer says the governor exercised his statutory authority over state contracting.

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