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Supt. White: 'Ruling allows teachers,students continue raising expectations'

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Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer with BESE. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB) Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer with BESE. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/AP) - A judge has denied a lawsuit filed by Louisiana lawmakers against state education officials over Common Core, meaning the controversial education standards continue in the state for now.

The lawsuit was filed against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary Secondary Education (BESE). It was filed by state lawmakers who claimed education leaders failed to follow laws when moving Louisiana to Common Core standards.

"We're getting side tracked on some legalities which I'm glad they came out in our favor, but the point we need to continue is these standards are good for kids and good for our schools," says Chaz Roemer, president of BESE."Today's ruling allows teachers and students to continue raising expectations in Louisiana," State Superintendent John White.  "Our students are just as smart and capable as any in America. We've been working for four years to teach them to the highest standards in our country. Today's ruling continues that progress."

"Our teachers and our kids have been working on this for four years... To stop it when we've accomplished so much and gone so far would be devastating to teachers, students and future our state," White says. 

The matter was heard by Judge Tim Kelley. Proceedings started around 10 a.m. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White was called to the stand to testify. The judge then called for a recess and announced his decision when all parties returned to the courtroom.

Seventeen lawmakers were involved in the lawsuit to try to stop the use of the national set of education standards in reading, writing, and math.

Judge Todd Hernandez heard motions Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by parents and teachers who support Common Core and accuse Gov. Bobby Jindal of violating the Louisiana Constitution in his actions against the multi-state standards.

The following day Hernandez refused the Jindal administration request to throw out the lawsuit. However, he added Jindal cannot be questioned under oath as part of the suit.

Jindal once supported the standards as improving student preparation for college and careers, but now opposes them as a federal intrusion in state education policy.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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