The News Minute| July 23, 2014| 2.30 pm IST
Bobby Jindal is a busy man now. The Louisiana Governor is busy fending off legal attacks on him by parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards.
Jindal has been accused of sowing chaos in the education system by demanding that Louisiana drop the Common Core education standards. Jindal who was once a strong and vocal Common Core supporter has now suspended the state's contracts with testing vendors who create Common Core tests.
The Blaze reports that parents and teachers supporting Common Core sued Jindal saying that his actions donâ€™t comply with constitutional provisions that give education policy-setting authority to the Legislature and implementation authority to a special board.
What is Common Core?
Common Core State Standards Initiative, an education push that aims to make sure students across the United States are learning the skills they need to succeed in a global economy according to the Huffington Post. The Common Core is a set of learning benchmarks in math and English language arts adopted by over 40 states in USA. Recently the Common Core became controversial with right wingers calling it federal over-reach.
Jindal called the suit baseless and having no merit. â€śLouisiana Revised Statute La. R.S. 39:334 gives the Division of Administration the authority and responsibility to ensure that all offices of the executive branch follow proper contractual procedures," he said in a statement. "And under the Louisiana Constitution, the Governor's Office has the responsibility to ensure the laws of the state are faithfully executed. The Louisiana Department of Education needs to stop delaying and follow the law," his statement says.