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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The two lawsuits over Louisiana's use of Common Core are both scheduled to go to court in August.

A judge will hear arguments on August 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state legislators who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English and math standards in schools. Then, on August 18, a judge will listen to a lawsuit against the governor's office that claims Gov. Bobby Jindal overstepped his authority in the matter.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to join the lawsuit filed by parents and teachers against the governor because they say he is overstepping his power on the issue. BESE believes Jindal exceeded his authority when he suspended the testing contracts of Common Core, the state's new education standards and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which is the group coordinating it. 

BESE president Chas Roemer said the decision to go to court wasn’t hard.

"In that lawsuit, they're going to be talking about and arguing what is the constitutional authority of BESE," Roemer said. "We felt that if they're going to be arguing our constitutional authority, we should be in the room while they're having that discussion."

Jindal fired back by filing his own lawsuit. It states BESE is violating state law by entering into a contract involving a non-public entity in the state business.

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