Our Views: The games of summer

If there were a gameday program for Common Core, it would have to be thicker than the programs for college football games. Look at the all the conflict now over what used to be a politically unremarkable decision, aimed at raising academic standards through research and study by a consortium of educators and state officials. … Continue reading →

Nichols, Roemer disagree on Common Core lawyer request

Kristy Nichols

Sparking new disagreements, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Thursday she needs more information on the state school board’s request to hire special legal counsel in the battle over Common Core. In a letter to state Superintendent of Education John White and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, … Continue reading →

Vitter: Governor’s office isn’t a stepping stone

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sen. David Vitter speaks at the weekly Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon Monday concerning policies he's working on in the U.S. Senate and his candidacy for Governor.

From Common Core to Medicaid expansion, U.S. Sen. David Vitter tackled political hot-button topics Monday in his first wide-ranging remarks since announcing his run for governor. Vitter, R-La., spoke largely in broad strokes. He thinks the TOPS program is a runaway spending train, but he offered no specifics on how to slow it down. He’s looking carefully … Continue reading →

Letter: Which Jindal education policy wins?

Thank you for The Advocate stories and editorials citing PAR’s recent commentary on the unfortunate dispute between the governor and the state education board that has jeopardized the implementation of accountability tests for public school students this coming school year. In her response to PAR’s commentary, Kathryn Goppelt’s letter to the editor excuses the governor from … Continue reading →

Our Views: Legacies here to stay

 State Rep. John Bel Edwards

Having had almost two full terms now, Bobby Jindal will not be on the ballot when voters elect a new governor next year. But two potential contenders for the job, from different parties, have in different words suggested that they’d like to change things he did. Both will find it difficult, particularly with some of Jindal’s … Continue reading →

Our Views: In court, sore losers

All of a sudden, because of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s change of heart on Common Core state standards, we’re learning a little something about a generally obscure state law called the Administrative Procedures Act. That law sets out a series of requirements for the day-to-day mechanics of state government, from buying paper clips up to entering into … Continue reading →

James Gill: Jindal gives Edmonson a big thank-you

It may be State Police Chief Mike Edmonson’s job to protect Gov. Bobby Jindal, but simple manners still require a big thank-you. A gift is appropriate, too, and Jindal delivered. Displaying the generosity that always comes with control of other people’s money, he signed a bill drafted with the sole purpose of handing Edmonson an extra-fat … Continue reading →

Our Views: Jindal base not happy

The huge number of Jindal backers and prominent business people objecting strongly to the governor’s about-face on the Common Core issue is remarkable. A statement from 40 organizations, including teachers and education groups as well as business reformers, was issued by the Council for a Better Louisiana. “We were extremely disappointed to see the governor … Continue reading →

Our Views: More abuses of power

Seeking to avoid further clashes with Gov. Bobby Jindal, three members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have proposed a compromise on next year’s testing plans — adopting part but not all of the tests aligned with the new Common Core standards backed by the board. Jindal’s top budget aide, Kristy Nichols, … Continue reading →

Our Views: Work out compromise on standards

In strong statements about the battle over higher education standards, business lobbyist Stephen Waguespack has been careful not to mention the name of the principal obstacle to the state’s adoption of Common Core standards. Gov. Bobby Jindal should be grateful to his former aide, who is now president of … Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: A tale of two governors

Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and former Gov. Edwin Edwards

It’s official. The national media can’t get enough of a certain Louisiana governor. And no, it’s not that governor. The politician who’s captured the imagination of at least some out-of-state junkies is governor-turned-inmate-turned-congressional candidate Edwin Edwards — who, unlike a certain current occupant of the office, has a knack for attracting … Continue reading →

Letter: Jindal wasting money attacking interests

Why is it that for over three years the Jindal administration has squandered over $ 1.5 million on out-of-state lawyers to attack the legal interests of parents? These citizens have requested that schools in Orleans Parish provide services to children with disabilities as mandated in state and federal law. It is well-established that early interventions for … Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Jindal fails leadership test on Common Core

Early in his first term, Gov. Bobby Jindal found himself backed into a corner. Although he quietly opposed legislative efforts to roll back income tax hikes established by the voter-approved Stelly tax swap, Jindal failed to quell a move to repeal them. Then some legislators, eyeing huge but temporary Hurricane-Katrina-and-oil-driven surpluses, started talking about repealing the … Continue reading →

Inside Report: Readers link pardon bid to debate over immigration

A news story about Roberto Hernandez’s quest for a pardon from Gov. Bobby Jindal drew strong reactions from readers. Hernandez accepted $5,000 to transport illegal Valium between Texas and Indiana 15 years ago. Law enforcement pulled him over in Louisiana, found the drugs and arrested him. Hernandez, a first-time offender, spent 45 days in jail. … Continue reading →