2014-08-20T015813Z_1_LYNXMPEA7J01I_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS

Judge blocks Louisiana governor's move to scrap Common Core tests

Louisiana Governor Jindal speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal’s plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year. Jindal’s push to ditch Common Core, announced in June and given teeth by his orders to scrap the multistate tests, came amid a backlash against the English and math standards aimed at boosting critical-thinking skills and unifying state guidelines. Judge Todd Hernandez, in issuing a preliminary injunction against the governor in a lawsuit filed by Common Core backers that is awaiting trial, said plans to drop the tests, slated to serve as a must-pass benchmark for fourth-graders, had sowed uncertainty. “The evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and students in Louisiana,” he wrote.

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