Published Online: July 17, 2014

BESE leaders offer new school testing proposal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leaders of Louisiana's top school board have offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards.

The officers of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education said Wednesday they'd be willing to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services.

Jindal suspended the existing testing contract, to undermine use of tests tied to Common Core, which the governor opposes. Jindal said the education department didn't follow state contracting law and needs to seek competitive bids.

With BESE leaders offering that, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said she believed there's room for compromise.

But Nichols also said the education department would need to accept input from the governor before the request for bids will be issued.

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