Louisiana’s top School Board next week will consider the hiring of special legal counsel in its bid to press ahead with Common Core test plans, according to a revised agenda issued on Friday.
The issue could be the first step in a nationally watched battle between Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has ordered the tests stopped, against a formerly pro-Jindal state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a superintendent whom the governor pushed for the job.
On June 18, Jindal issued an executive order aimed at shelving Common Core exams being prepared by a consortium called the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
He also ordered BESE and the state Department of Education to launch a competitive bid process to come up with new assessments.