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Statement from BESE President Chas Roemer on court throwing out lawsuit attempting to block standards implementation

March 30, 2015

Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Chas Roemer issued the following statement today regarding Judge Tim Kelley's decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by Governor Jindal and state legislators that attempted to block implementation of the Common Core State Standards:

“I’m pleased a ruling has been made and it is time to move forward. BESE has remained committed to a long-term plan for improving educational outcomes in our state. Those plans should not be derailed by meaningless lawsuits nor by bureaucratic attempts on the part of the administration and a few extreme legislators to go back in time dragging our state, teachers and students with them. Long before this suit was ever filed, BESE and the Louisiana Department of Education had been working with the professional educators of this state on a plan that increases rigor in our classroom, but at the same time treats districts, teachers, and families fairly. The court’s decision today confirms that we are following the correct path.

BESE will continue this plan with an updated standards review process that allows timely and full review of all standards and with a RFP process that meets the expectations of all those who respect an open, competitive process. Our plan will allow for improvement when necessary without the complete disruption that would be caused by the Governor’s outlined political strategy.”

Contact:
Kevin Calbert, Communications Manager
(225) 342-5847  |  kevin.calbert@la.gov
 

BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.