BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office filed an amended court petition Wednesday that states Louisiana’s agreement with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) violates federal law.
According to the petition, the standardized testing agreement is an attempt for the federal government to control state education through assessments and other programs. Jindal also said the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) never formally approved the state's participation in PARCC.
“Common Core began as an effort to simply raise standards for students, but it has morphed into a scheme to drive education curriculum from Washington, D.C.,” Jindal said in a written release. “Congress drew a bright red line that can’t be crossed and it clearly bars the federal government from ‘directing, supervising, or controlling elementary and secondary school curriculum, programs of instruction, and instructional material.’”
The governor is now seeking a preliminary injunction until a ruling comes down from state district court.
This is happening as thousands of students are already back in school in Louisiana and many teachers remain unsure of what to do with their curriculum because of the controversial Common Core debate.
Earlier this year, Jindal switched his position on the new education standards and opposed Common Core and the test that came with it. That test, known as PARCC, allows states to compare how its students are learning compared to those in other states.
BESE president Chas Roemer said earlier this year, the governor tried to get the legislature and BESE to make certain changes to the new standards, but no one did. He added last year, 45,000 students took a test based on Common Core standards and performed at the same level they did on the LEAP test.
The fight between Jindal and BESE has been over who can decide what is on the standardized test students will take. Jindal has said he wants a Louisiana-based test. BESE wants to use a test that other states are using, so Louisiana students can be compared to those elsewhere.
Steve Monaghan, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, said the group supports having higher standards.
A judge will hear arguments on August 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state legislators who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English and math standards in schools. Then, on August 18, a judge will listen to a lawsuit against the governor's office that claims Jindal overstepped his authority in the matter.