Lawsuit seeks to undo governor’s orders on testing

Article By: Mike Hasten | July 23, 2014 | Originally Posted on thenewsstar.com

BATON ROUGE — A group of teachers, parents and a charter school management organization filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that Gov. Bobby Jindal reached beyond his authority in interfering with the Department of Education’s ability to contract with a testing firm.

The suit charges that what the governor did in blocking the purchase of tests used in the state’s accountability program is illegal and unconstitutional.

Jindal and his attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, say there’s no basis to the lawsuit because the governor has the authority to do what he did.

Jindal issued an executive order suspending the education department’s contract to purchase test questions and his Division of Administration is insisting that the department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education take bids on a new contract that the governor would have some control over.

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