The state's top school board voted to join a Common Core lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal. On a six-to-four vote, BESE will participate in a suit that accuses Jindal of illegal use of executive powers to halt the use of the new education standards. BESE President Chas Roemer supports the move to intervene.
"Given they are arguing our constitutional authority, it makes sense they have a seat at the table while that's being argued."
Today's move means BESE will participate in a lawsuit filed by parents and teachers who support the Common Core standards.
There are four board members who voted against legal action. BESE member Lottie Beebe calls it a travesty that the state's top school board is involved in a lawsuit against Jindal.
"The courts will render a decision. Why can't we live with that decision? Why do we have to go on record when it comes suing the governor of Louisiana."
Meanwhile, the Jindal administration has filed a counter lawsuit. It alleges BESE improperly delegated its constitutional authority when it agreed to adopt Common Core testing.