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Update: Education board hiring lawyer in Common Core fight

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top school board took the first steps toward a possible lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 Tuesday to hire outside lawyers for guidance. But no legal action could be taken against the Republican governor without another board vote.
Meanwhile, the board instructed Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise with Jindal over what standardized tests will be used in the upcoming school year.
Jindal suspended a contract to keep the education department from buying testing material tied to Common Core, to undermine use of the education standards.
White and BESE President Chas Roemer said Jindal overstepped his legal authority. A majority of BESE members support Common Core.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, BESE, has shot down the possibility of schools going back to the Leap and I-Leap Tests.

Today, the board called a special meeting in Baton Rouge to discuss the issues that stem from Governor Bobby Jindal's recent executive orders concerning student assessments across the state, or Common Core. The meeting started at 11:30 Tuesday morning, and was still underway as of 5:00 P.M.

Right now, BESE members are debating wether to hire outside legal council and take legal action against the governor's executive orders to stop Common Core and PARCC.

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