- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a disagreement between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over whether to pursue a lawsuit against the federal government over Common Core education standards (all times local):

4 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Landry has dropped his fight with Gov. John Bel Edwards over a lawsuit against federal education officials.

Edwards had moved recently to dismiss former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit that claimed federal authorities tried to coerce the state into adopting the Common Core math and English education standards. Jindal had already lost at the district court level and Edwards said the former governor’s appeal was expensive and unnecessary.

Landry said Edwards was too quick to drop the lawsuit. He asked the appeals court to let him intervene. But, he changed course Thursday afternoon. He joined Edwards’ motion to dismiss the suit, saying he had decided “after independently reviewing this matter.”

Edwards had said the lawsuit was unnecessary because a new federal law bars the federal government from mandating standards.


1 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has formally asked an appeals court to drop the lawsuit former Gov. Bobby Jindal filed against federal officials over the Common Core education standards.

Edwards also asked the court to reject Attorney General Jeff Landry’s move to keep the suit alive. His lawyers told the 5th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals in a Thursday filing that Landry has no constitutional authority to override the governor’s decision to kill the suit.

Jindal’s suit alleged that the Obama administration illegally used federal money and policy to coerce Louisiana into adopting Common Core standards.

A federal judge rejected the allegation last year. Jindal appealed before leaving office. Edwards says the suit is expensive and unnecessary because of new federal law and the state’s work to revise the education standards.

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