Bobby Jindal is having a hard time stopping the implementation of Common Core in his state, so he’s taking it to the next level: The Louisiana governor will sue the federal government on the grounds of that the learning standards’ implementation violates states’ rights.
CBS News reports that the lawsuit argues that the Department of Education is attempt to coerce states in to adopting the controversial standards by tying their implementation to federal grants.
“Common Core is the latest effort by big-government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything,” Jindal said in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.”
Jindal is facing a state-level legal fight over Common Core already – supporters of the program sued him for several executive measures he’s taken to withdraw the state from the standards. Last week, a state judge ruled that Jindal’s decision was harmful to students, teachers, and parents in Louisiana and that Common Core’s implementation did not violate state laws, which the governor had alleged.
Jindal has appealed the ruling but, for the time being, the state’s education superintendent is proceeding with implementation.
The standards have grown more unpopular nationally of late, with Republicans turning more quickly on the program than Democrats. Louisiana’s Republican-controlled legislature and Republican-appointed state superintendent, however, are fighting to implement the standards. Jindal’s effort to undo the standards has been seen as preparation for a 2016 presidential run.