Nichols, Roemer disagree on Common Core lawyer request

Article By: Will Sentell | July 25, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Sparking new disagreements, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Thursday she needs more information on the state school board’s request to hire special legal counsel in the battle over Common Core.

In a letter to state Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Nichols said “there are some concerns that must be addressed before the contract is approved.”

The request stems from BESE’s bid to hire special legal counsel to challenge the Jindal administration’s suspension of a state testing contract that educators plan to use to see what students know about Common Core.

Jindal says BESE and the state Department of Education violated state procurement rules in contract plans and needs to seek new bids.

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