One of the disputes over Common Core heads to a Louisiana courtroom today. This hearing is for the lawsuit filed by parents and educators who accuse Governor Bobby Jindal of overstepping his authority when he blocked tests associated with Common Core. In June, the governor issued executive orders to cancel the state's contract with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the only provider of standardized tests that gauge progress under Common Core.
Council For a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says hopefully the judicial system can end this stalemate.
"It became very clear...a few weeks ago, I think, that if this thing is going to be resolved, it was going to have to be done in a court," said Erwin.
It's possible a resolution will take months, because of potential appeals, but Erwin says an initial ruling will at least provide some clarity.
"They could rule very quickly with a temporary order, and then we'd have the appeals after that, but the temporary order could get the ball rolling at least for the foreseeable future," he explained.
Another Common Core hearing is scheduled for Friday, before a different judge. That suit was filed by legislators who claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state's department of education violated state law when it approved Common Core standards.
Erwin says he trusts the rulings will be fair: "Everything I've heard is that they are very good, fair minded judges, and it should not be a political issue in any way, shape or form. I think the judge, both judges, will rule strictly on what they see as the merits."