NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed suit on Wednesday against the Obama administration, arguing that it has coerced states into adopting Common Core education standards.
The move by the Republican governor comes amid a backlash against the multistate standards that aim to boost critical-thinking skills and apply consistency to a patchwork of state guidelines.
“Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything,” Jindal said in a statement.
While the standards were developed and implemented by states, the Obama administration encouraged their adoption through a competitive-grant program called Race to the Top, which gave money to cash-strapped states.
Louisiana was among 45 states that passed Common Core into law in 2010, with Jindal then a supporter of the standards. Several Republican-led states have dropped the standards this year, including Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Jindal announced in June that he was moving to scrap a set of key student tests associated with Common Core. The move was opposed by Louisiana’s top education official – a Jindal appointee – and has since been blocked in court.
Jindal’s new suit was filed against the U.S. Department of Education in federal court in Baton Rouge.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Eric Beech and Jim Loney)
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