Gov. Bobby Jindal sought Wednesday to derail Louisiana’s use of standardized tests tied to the Common Core education standards, but state education leaders say the governor’s executive order is meaningless.
The Republican governor opposes the English and math standards adopted by most states as an attempted federal takeover of education, and he said he’s committed to stopping Louisiana’s participation in the Common Core.
“Common Core’s become a one-size-fits-all model that simply doesn’t make sense for our state,” Jindal said at a news conference.
Both state lawmakers and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have voted in support of the standards. Jindal’s executive authority is limited, so he sought to strike at testing from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career that is linked to the standards as a backdoor way to get Louisiana out of Common Core. He also says he’ll ask lawmakers next year to revisit the standards.
Among a series of anti-Common Core actions announced Wednesday, the governor put out an executive order requiring a competitive bid process for public school standardized tests.
The Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education planned to use Common Core-related testing for students in third- through eighth-grades, but the tests haven’t yet been purchased for the upcoming school year. Jindal said the tests in question appear to be most expensive available, so he’s confident they couldn’t be chosen in competitive bidding for standardized tests.
But Superintendent of Education John White and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Chas Roemer say the governor’s executive order won’t change the roll-out of Common Core in classrooms or the use of the PARCC test.
White said his department can buy test questions under an existing contract with an outside vendor. The Jindal administration disagrees.
“We’re planning on going ahead and implementing the plan that’s in accordance with state law and with what we’ve been doing for four years,” White said.
Where the dispute heads next is unclear.
Jindal’s office didn’t immediately say whether the governor would consider taking state educations officials to court over the testing, to try to stop the use of PARCC.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law Friday (May 23) that will expand gun rights for Louisiana residents after they received overwhelming support from the state Legislature. The new statutes will go into effect Aug. 1.
The more sweeping of the two gun rights measures will allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make most of their money from food sales.
Present law does not allow citizens to carry guns into establishments that serve alcohol. And while people with concealed handgun permits will be able to go into a restaurant serving alcohol soon, they still wouldn’t be able to drink alcohol while packing heat.
The soon-to-be law also gives current and retired law enforcement officers as well as district attorneys and judges even more flexibility than the general public when it comes to concealed weapons. Those in law enforcement would be allowed to carry guns into bars, though they also couldn’t drink while carrying a weapon.
In present law, law enforcement officers are only allowed to have their guns in a bar if they are acting in an official capacity. Even under the new law, local sheriffs will still be able to prohibit their own officers from carrying guns into bars if they didn’t think it was a good idea.
The second bill signed by Jindal will expand the “stand your ground” law in Louisiana. Under current law, a person who kills an intruder coming into his car or house is given the benefit of the doubt and can use self-defense as a lawful reason for the killing. But the same self-defense argument could not be legally applied to situations where a person hurt, but didn’t kill, the intruder.
Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto, the sponsor of the legislation, said he wanted to close that loophole. People who end up harming – but not killing – an intruder or a carjacker should not be charged with murder if those who kill those people don’t face those consequences, he said.
“Stand your ground” laws are controversial, particularly after it was thought Florida resident George Zimmerman would use such a statute to defend his high-profile shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.
There has also been a controversial “stand your ground” case in New Orleans, where a 33-year-old Marigny homeowner shot an unarmed 14-year-old. Lopinto said his legislation would not apply to this particular case because the shooting took place outdoors.
In an unusual move for Louisiana, the Legislature and Jindal have agreed to enact one new gun restriction. Domestic abusers under a legal protective order will be prevented from owning a gun for 10 years under a new law that will go into effect Aug. 1.
The National Rifle Association – which usually fights gun restrictions – remained neutral on the domestic abuser provision, which is probably one of the reasons the pro-gun Legislature and Jindal agreed to pass it.
When presenting the restriction, state Sen. J.P. Morrell said Louisiana has a particularly high rate of fatalities related to domestic abuse. ”We lead the nation in spouses murdering spouses with firearms,” he said.
If you have never heard of Joy Reid, you are not alone, she appears on MSNBS, which has some ratings issues mainly because it is a Left wing network that hires Left wing nuts like, well, Joy Reid. The Right Scoop has a video of Reid, pretending to be both snarky and funny
I love that Reid is angry that Robertson did not see abuse of Blacks where he grew up. How the Hell does this moron know what Robertson saw in those days? She doesn’t. But, Robertson is not allowed to give his testimony about life in Louisiana in the 1950’s. NO! He must say that he witnessed horrible things, even if he did not. He dared challenge the narrative, and that is not allowed. With the Left it is all about narratives, and that includes history.
Obama first delivered a pitch for the creation of jobs by fixing roads, dredging ports and modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.
Then he took a veiled jab at Jindal for failing to support a key plank of the healthcare law.
Louisiana is one of 24 states that has refused federal funds to expand Medicaid to more low-income people, money that Obama said would help 265,000 people in the state gain access to health insurance.
“Even if you don’t support the overall plan, let’s at least go ahead and make sure that the folks who don’t have health insurance right now and can get it through an expanded Medicaid, let’s make sure we do that,” Obama said.
That opened the door for Jindal to accuse Obama of trying to “bully” the state.
“We will not allow President Obama to bully Louisiana into accepting an expansion of Obamacare,” Jindal said in a statement, saying the expansion would cost the state too much.
“The dysfunction of the website and the president’s broken promises on being able to keep your health plan are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the problems with this law,” Jindal said.
Good for Jindal
Conservative Hideout has news that should not surprise anyone. The Justice Department is suing Louisiana to stop school vouchers
In something reminiscent of the 60′s, Democrats are barring minorities from escaping terrible public schools. Doug Ross has our first excerpt…
Pro-Choice: The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president’s daughters.
He didn’t say it on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” but President Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, also has a dream — one of leaving every black child in the Pelican State behind, trapped in schools that cannot educate them.
Almost simultaneously with the president’s speech, Holder’s Department of Justice filed suit in federal court to stop Louisiana’s statewide voucher program.
Passed in 2012, the program guarantees a voucher tostudents from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded “C” or below.
Liberals are all for choice when it comes to having children, but not when it comes to educating them. The irony of Obama’s speech is that he pretended to honor a man who fought to have black children attend schools they were barred from as his administration fought to keep them in schools they can’t escape from, a form of educational apartheid that’s both separate and unequal.
Why would they do this? Why would they seek to keep down kids whose parents are trying to get them in better schools? Oh, they will give many reasons, but the fact is this. there is only ONE REASON for this. Democrats are beholden to teachers unions, yes, but the bigger reason is they want for minority kids to be dumbed down, it keeps them voting Democrat! Matt has more, make sure to read this
Let’s also understand that the public school system, that systematically fails to educate everyone, but especially minorities, is little more than a vassal of the Democratic Party, and serviced by the teachers union. In spite of the overwhelming evidence, Both the Democrats and the unions steadfastly refuse any attempts to reform it, as that would mean removing their control of it. Now, why would they so vehemently resist changing it? I posted a story of a 13 year old girl that found the answer, and was punished for it…
If you needed more proof, kindly considers what happens when a young black student “wakes up” to history, and has the temerity to quote Frederick Douglass, in the proper context…
Mr. Vargas is fortunate enough to have in his charge one Jada Williams, a 13-year-old eighth grader who voluntarily took on some difficult extra work: reading Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life and writing an essay on the subject. Frederick Douglass is dangerous reading, truly radical stuff. Miss Williams, like most of thestudents in her dysfunctional school, is black. Most of the people being paid to go through the motions of teaching them are white. Coming across the famous passage in which Douglass quotes the slavemaster Auld, Miss Williams was startled by the words: “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.” The situation seemed to her familiar, and her essay was a blistering indictment of the failures of the largely white faculty of her school: “When I find myself sitting in a crowded classroom where no real instruction is taking place I can say history does repeat itself.”
Her teacher was so offended by the essay that she circulated copies of it to the rest of the faculty and to the principal. Miss Williams, an A student, suddenly began to receive Ds. According to accounts, her mother received harassing telephone calls from teachers who suggested that she was in some way disturbed rather than merely observant. She was forced eventually to withdraw from the school and enroll in an even worse one. (The Blaze has more.)
So, a student woke up, and realized that she was being enslaved by a failing system, was punished for noticing the truth? Well, let’s just say that it gets more interesting…
Teachers refused to show Miss Williams’s mother the schoolwork she had allegedly performed poorly on, and they refused to answer many of her questions about her daughter’s performance and alleged behavioral problems.
The teachers also failed to enter Miss Williams’s essay in the contest for which it was written — intentionally sabotaging her chances at an academic honor.
It is our contention that most of the regressive/Marxist/Democrat Party social programs are intended to no only create dependency, but to perpetuate it forever. The chains of this new slavery were forged by the Democrats, are expanded, and are strengthened by the Democrats. And, when of their victims notices who it is that is enslaving them, there is quick and sure retribution. Because, you see, ideas are dangerous things, especially ones about escaping the government plantation.
Racism anyone? I keep saying the Left will do anything to seize and keep perpetual power, this is just further proof. If you are Black and really want to see your biggest enemy, go find a Democratic politician.
H/T Right Scoop