BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana's Attorney General joined a motion on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit against Common Core filed by former Governor Bobby Jindal.
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Landry says he came to the decision after "A thorough in-house examination of the pleadings, the district court judgment, and the new directives from Congress." Landry said that, while the lawsuit raised questions about federal manipulation of Louisiana's education system, the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act by the U.S. Congress undermines the need for the lawsuit.
Landry says the Louisiana Department of Justice will continue to monitor possible overreach from the Department of Education, saying that education "starts in the home and in communities, and not Washington D.C."
This decision comes after Governor John Bel Edwards made headlines on February 4 by announcing that his office would drop the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education first filed by the Jindal administration. Governor Edwards says the lawsuit was unnecessary after Congress adopted the Every Student Succeeds Act, which lets Louisiana develop its own education standards.