Jindal seeks to block Common Core Test, Supt. White disagrees

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal addressing the media about Common Core (Source: WAFB)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal addressing the media about Common Core (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took big steps to get Louisiana out of Common Core Wednesday, but on one side you have the Governor and on the other, his own superintendent of Education.

The PARCC tests are scheduled to be implemented next school year. They are the assessment for 3rd through 8th grade. While the Governor says it's gone, the Superintendent of Education says he's not changing anything.

Jindal opened his speech Wednesday afternoon saying it's no secret he is opposed to Common Core. He says while he is all for rigor when it comes to education, he is not in favor of a one-size-fits-all set of standards from the Federal Government.

Jindal says when it comes to the PARCC tests, the Department of Education did not follow state laws for the bidding process. He announced he has issued an executive order instructing the Department of Education to do a competitive bidding process for a new assessment.

State Education Superintendent John White says they did follow state laws and he does not intend to change a thing.

"It's the second out in the ninth inning and we're about to end the ball game. We can't just put in a pinch hitter," said Superintendent John White.

"We need to slow down, make right decisions for our students," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

A third agency then got into the mix. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols held a news conference via phone Wednesday afternoon and said "We're issuing a letter today suspending the [contract to carry out PARCC testing] until official review." She also stated in the news conference that "[The Administration Department] will cease payment for services until the dispute is resolved."

The Governor says the best solution would be for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Education to develop State Education standards that the Legislature can approve next year.

Superintendent White says the standards they've adopted with Common Core and the PARCC test are within state law.

Now Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the department will have an opportunity to justify the use of the contract and it will be reviewed.

Superintendent John White held another conference call to the media to reply to Nichols' comments.

White says "We have not been informed by the division of administration...about suspension of the contract." He also said "We will look at our legal options and when there's a conclusive determination, we will get back with you."

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