BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says that violates the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content.
The lawsuit, obtained first by The Associated Press, was filed Wednesday in federal court.
Jindal is considering a run for president in 2016. This legal challenge puts him at the forefront of a dispute between conservatives and President Barack Obama, bolstering the governor's profile as he courts conservative voters nationwide.