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As Scott talks about review of education standards, Jindal sues feds over Common Core



As Gov. Rick Scott order a "review" of Florida's education standards -- Common Core in all but name -- his counterpart in Louisiana today filed a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to stop the controversial standards.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards

The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says that violates the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content.

The lawsuit, obtained first by The Associated Press, was filed Wednesday in federal court. Jindal is considering a run for president in 2016. This legal challenge puts him at the forefront of a dispute between conservatives and President Barack Obama, bolstering the governor's profile as he courts conservative voters nationwide.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:06pm]


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