Pro Common-Core black education group sues Gov. Bobby Jindal
A black education group that once supported Jindal is funding parents and teachers in a lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. Jindal, charging that he is trying to eliminate the state from the controversial Common Core standards and associated assessments.
Eric Lewis, Louisiana state director of Black Alliance for Education (BAEO) said, “To change course now after so much teacher, school and student preparation creates an air of uncertainty and confusion.”
The BAEO supports the standards and believes all children deserve access to high-quality education and strives to promote parent involvement.
The lawsuit was filed the day after Louisiana lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge district court requesting instant suspension of the Common Core standards in the state’s schools. Lawmakers believe the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and state education department neglected to follow the state’s Administrative Procedures Act for integrating the Common Core standards.
In June, Gov. Jindal issues orders to eradicate his state from the Common Core standards, including the assessments linked to them. He based this choice on the argument that the decision by the Louisiana Department of Education to sign onto the PARCC Common Core test consortium was unlawful. Jindal claims it bypassed the state’s procurement law that mandates an open bidding process.
I understand the reasons the Black Alliance for Education disagrees with Gov. Jindal’s lack of Common Core support. As a former supporter, Jindal is now fighting the standards, leaving many people in the state confused and frustrated with the sudden changes and uncertainties. Louisiana, like many states, is full of controversy over Common Core, and this debate appears to be one of the biggest feuds yet.