Possible legal action on revised BESE agenda

Article By: Will Sentell | June 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

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.

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