Dismissal Sought Of Jindal's Anti-Common Core Suit

BATON ROUGE (AP) — An Obama administration lawyer told a federal judge that Louisiana's decision to use the Common Core education standards was voluntary, not coerced by the federal government.

         Attorney Caroline Lewis Wolverton asked U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick on Thursday to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education.

         Jindal's lawsuit accuses the department of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to force states to adopt the multistate Common Core standards in English and math. Jindal lawyer Jimmy Faircloth says that violates the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal law.

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         Dick didn't immediately rule after Thursday's hearing on the dismissal request. She called the issue "particularly complex" and said she wanted more time to consider it. A ruling is expected in December.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte

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