Yesterday, The Washington Post published a piece written by the editorial board that criticizes Bobby Jindal's Common Core Reversal. The editorial board points out that Louisiana adopted Common Core standards in 2010 and worked toward full implementation in 2014-2015. However, Jindal has recently changed his mind on the program. Late last year, he said he wanted the state to develop "Louisiana standards and Louisiana tests for Louisiana students."
Nevertheless, according to the column, these standards are not working so well. Louisiana's fourth-graders rank 49th in math proficiency; eighth-graders rank 48th. Other states that have previously ranked low on these rankings have improved after implementing rigorous standards.
However, not all media is taking issue with Governor Jindal, his Common Core change, and other political controversies.
The Eternal Word Television Network released a 26-plus minute video interview on Thursday they did with Jindal over issues giving him high marks on education, abortion, and Common Core.
Mary Landrieu and Glenn Curtis Honor Louisiana Youth Program Contributors
On June 28, Sen. Mary Landrieu and Louisiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis are honoring individuals and organizations that have contributed to the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at the Fourth Annual Louisiana Challenge Champions Gala. Since its start in 1994, this program has helped more than 20,000 Louisianians to graduate. The gala will take place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans from 6PM to 9PM.
Bill Cassidy Earns F from Seniors; Mary Landrieu Earns an A
The Alliance for Retired Americans gave Cassidy a score of zero for his votes benefitting seniors in 2013. His major opponent in the election this fall, incumbent senator Mary Landrieu, on the other hand, earned a 100% score for her voting record in issues relating to seniors and retired people. "While Senator Mary Landrieu has spent her career fighting to protect our seniors and the issues they care deeply about, Congressman Cassidy has spent his career trying to strip them of the benefits they have earned over a lifetime of investing in Medicare and Social Security," said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. "Congressman Cassidy has voted time and again for anti-retiree budgets that would hurt and weaken programs like Social Security and Medicare, leaving our seniors out in the cold."
Sarah Palin in Rob Maness Radio Ad
Former Alaska Governor and Vice President candidate Sarah Palin has previously made it known that she's support Col. Rob Maness for US Senate. A new radio ad in which Palin shows her support is now scheduled to begin airing on July 4. The ad can be heard here http://robmaness.com/campaign-contribution/drain-the-swamp
Positive Numbers from Louisiana Education
Louisiana consistently ranks low on national education rankings, but here are some good news. For the second year in a row, the number of high school seniors in the state scoring an 18 or above on the ACT has increased. These students can enter college without taking remedial courses. Also, the number of students qualifying for TOPS increased. "These results demonstrate what can happen when we maintain high expectations and open the doors of opportunity to young men and women," said State Superintendent John White. "These scores represent real life opportunity for graduates. Whether graduates attend four-year universities, two-year colleges, or workforce preparation programs, no one can ever take away these college-going scores."