Missouri Court Temporarily Blocks State’s Payment of Membership Fees to Common Core-Aligned Interstate Consortium

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Missouri Court Temporarily Blocks State’s Payment of Membership Fees to Common Core-Aligned Interstate Consortium

Jefferson City, Missouri. On November 25, 2014, the Circuit Court for Cole County, Missouri issued an order temporarily blocking the State of Missouri from paying membership fees to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, an interstate consortium drafting assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Missouri taxpayer plaintiffs Fred N. Sauer, Anne Gassel, and Gretchen Logue sued to block such payments on the ground that the consortium is an unconstitutional interstate compact that Congress never authorized, in violation of the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Court’s order finds that “Plaintiffs have made a preliminary showing of likelihood of success on the merits on their claim that the Consortium is an unconstitutional interstate compact to which Congress has never consented, in violation of the Compact…

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