Washington: Indian American governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal today sued the Obama administration, accusing it of hijacking federal grants to coerce states to adopt Common Core educational standards and assessments, thus violating the federal law and the Constitution.
“The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative. Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, DC in control of everything,” Jindal said in a statement after filing the lawsuit against the Obama Administration.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade.
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“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 nationalise curriculum,” Jindal said.
In his lawsuit, Jindal argues that the Obama administration has used federal grants to compel states to enter binding agreements to adopt and fully implement a single set of federally-defined content standards and to utilise assessment products created by a federally-sponsored “consortia”.
Furthermore, the US Department of Education has made changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) state test review and approval process that will coerce states to adopt the federal government's preferred tests or risk billions in federal funding, he argued.
The suit argues that these actions violate long-standing limitations by Congress on the role of the federal government in education policy.