- Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White faced scrutiny from Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday regarding small contracts that Jindal's administration alleges have been divided up in order to avoid oversight.
- In July, the Jindal administration made a new requirement that Department of Education contracts over $2,000 receive approval, and state laws establish additional oversight thresholds.
- Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Chas Roemer blasted a letter from the administration to the department, accusing Jindal of harassing state education officials as a result of the state's political battles over Common Core State Standards.
The contracts in question, White told the Associated Press, are for educators developing professional development programming, lesson plans, and sample test questions — not necessarily something you'd expect a state's executive office to get too worked up about.
In response to the Jindal administration's letter, Joan Hunt, executive counsel to White, issued a response calling the claims "false," "baseless," and "offensive" given the small amounts the contracted teachers are paid.
Jindal and White have been locked in a back-and-forth struggle over the Common Core State Standards, which Jindal initially supported and is now hell-bent on repealing, for months. In spite of that, the U.S. Department of Education recently praised the state's education efforts when renewing its waiver from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.