“Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put
Jindal names the
The Common Core outlines skills and knowledge that public school students should acquire in each grade from kindergarten through high school and promote a deeper focus on critical thinking over rote memorization.
Jindal, who was once a proponent of the Common Core, has battled educators in his own state over the issue in recent weeks. He withdrew the state from the standards in June, but education advocacy groups sued and a state judge ruled last week that the Common Core would stand in Louisiana.
Jindal's lawsuit comes as part of a campaign by conservatives to question the standards.
Last month, television personality
The Common Core has also become an significant issue among potential GOP presidential contenders, including Jindal. Wisconsin Gov.
Duncan criticized Jindal for his shift of opinion on this issue in an appearance last month on "CBS This Morning."
"Gov. Jindal was a passionate supporter before he was against it," Duncan said about Common Core. "That situation is about politics, it's not about education."
Common Core was implemented in states including California and Louisiana in 2010. States could choose whether to use the standards and give the tests affiliated with them. States that adopted Common Core were awarded extra points on their applications for Race to the Top funding. A handful of states, including Texas and Virginia, did not adopt the standards.
It is the promise of extra funding that Jindal says in the lawsuit coerces states into adopting the Common Core standards and "constitutes unlawful coercion that exceeds federal authority and violates the 10th Amendment," the lawsuit says.
The suit also objects to waivers given out by the federal government that Jindal says allows states to waive certain requirements if they adopt the Common Core.
"What started as good state intentions has materialized into the federalization of education policy through federal economic incentives and duress," the lawsuit says.
This type of lawsuit is not uncommon, said Ruthann Robson, a constitutional law professor at the
"Some justices, including [Antonin] Scalia, have written that it's no different than being paid," she said. "If someone says, 'Here, you can have this money if you do it my way, within these requirements,' and you will, then take the money. If you don't want to do it that way, then don't take it."