Louisiana Judge Denies Halt to School Standards

Louisiana Judge Denies Halt to School Standards

A state judge on Friday refused a temporary injunction sought against state education officials in an effort to block application of the Common Core education standards.

Judge Timothy Kelley denied a request from 17 state legislators to halt application of the standards, saying they failed to demonstrate the likelihood they would succeed if the trial were to proceed on the merits of the case. The lawmakers sought a temporary injunction to block the rollout of the Common Core academic standards, which are grade-by-grade benchmarks of what students should learn in English and math. They are supposed to take effect for the 2014-15 school year, with assessments scheduled for next spring. The suit contends the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Department of Education failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which critics say was a required step that would have allowed crucial public input.

On Monday, Judge Todd Hernandez will consider arguments in a separate lawsuit filed by parents and teachers who have sued Gov. Bobby Jindal. That suit claims that Mr. Jindal violated the state Constitution by issuing executive orders aimed at undermining Common Core.

Source: The AP