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Louisiana Schools Stare Into Common-Core Testing Abyss as Officials Clash

A July 17 discussion between Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent John White failed to break a political and policy disagreement between Jindal and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that has grown and festered around the state’s assessment plans for the 2014-15 school year.

Last week, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell gave the state board the green light to hire an outside attorney to sue Jindal’s office over the governor’s move to block the state’s contract for tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the Times-Picayune reported July 17. That followed a vote by the state board July 1 to pursue outside counsel. However, Jindal himself also needs to approve this request, which puts the state board in a remarkably tricky position of having to ask the governor for permission to sue him.