Gov. John Bel Edwards is ending Louisiana’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration over the Common Core State Standards.
Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal, filed the federal lawsuit in 2014, as he was readying his failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination, contending that the administration had manipulated grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt the standards.
Jindal lost the first round of the litigation. The office of Edwards, a Democrat, announced last week that the new governor won’t continue with an appeal. Edwards’ office said the recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes language barring the government from mandating standards, combined with Louisiana’s work to rewrite its standards, makes the lawsuit “educationally and financially unnecessary.”
A version of this article appeared in the February 10, 2016 edition of Education Week as La. Governor Scraps Suit Against Administration