Louisiana board allowed to hire outside lawyers for Common Core fight

Friday, July 18, 2014

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

A Baton Rouge attorney, Philip Preis, has agreed to represent the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for free in their fight against Jindal over Common Core testing in schools next year. The legal agreement only extends through the end of this month, according to paperwork provided by the attorney general.

Jindal is locked in a standoff with the state school board and Louisiana Education Superintendent John White over whether the school system should use Common Core test questions next year. The governor is exerting his control over the state contracting office to block White and school board members from purchasing the Common Core assessment they want.

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