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Lawsuit Challenges Missouri Payments To Support ‘Common Core’

A St. Louis man who successfully has challenged other state laws through the courts has sued Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and other state officials over the “Common Core” education standards designed to be the same for states that adopt them.

Nanci Gonder, Attorney General Chris Koster’s spokeswoman, said the state officially was served with the lawsuit on Thursday, then said: “We decline to comment on pending litigation.”

In a 31-page lawsuit filed in the Cole County circuit court last week, Fred N. Sauer accused state officials of disbursing state taxpayers’ money “to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (‘SBAC’), an illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.” Anne Gassel and Gretchen Logue are plaintiffs in the case along with Sauer, and are identified in the suit only as Missouri residents and taxpayers.