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Wed August 20, 2014
Judge Backs Use Of Common Core Materials
A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by Common Core supporters, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state education standards.
Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday.
He said Jindal's suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core is causing harm to parents, teachers, administrators and students.
The contract suspension has stalled standardized testing plans for third-grade through eighth-grade students in Louisiana's public schools.
Jindal Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin says the governor will appeal Hernandez's ruling, calling it "wrong on the facts and the law."
Parents, teachers and a charter school organization sued Jindal after he suspended the contracts, alleging he violated constitutional separations of authority over education policy.