Louisiana’s Republican governor is planning to file 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.
A copy of the draft lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by Jindal’s office. He plans to file it 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.