Jindal’s Lawsuit Against Common Core Scrapped By Governor
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is ending Louisiana's lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration over Common Core education standards.
Edwards' predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal, filed the federal lawsuit in 2014, as he was readying his failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
Jindal lost the first round of the litigation. Edwards' office announced Thursday that the Democratic governor won't continue with an appeal.
Jindal accused President Barack Obama's administration of manipulating grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt the English and math standards and associated testing. But a judge ruled Jindal offered no evidence to support the claim.
Edwards' office said a recently signed federal law barring the government from mandating standards, combined with Louisiana's work to rewrite its standards, makes the lawsuit "educationally and financially unnecessary."
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