Gov. Jindal asks federal judge to remove Common Core from Louisiana schools

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington in this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Gov. Bobby Jindal urged a federal judge Wednesday to do what two Baton Rouge state judges have recently refused to do — derail the Common Core train in Louisiana. Jindal filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge federal court against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to coerce states to adopt the Common Core academic standards and accompanying tests. The governor, in a court-filed memorandum, accuses the U.S. Department… Continue reading →

Tenure law appeal goes before Supreme Court

Judge Mike Caldwell

The Jindal administration’s appeal of a lower court decision that his signature 2012 teacher tenure law is unconstitutional goes before the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday. Oral arguments in the case will be streamed online via the Supreme Court’s website. Go to www.lasc.org and click the “Oral Arguments” link on the right side of the page. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. The arguments are in a case filed by the Louisiana Federation of… Continue reading →

Our Views: Split verdict on insured

If the goal of the Affordable Care Act was to promote insurance, the initial reports are mixed. More than 300,000 consumers who signed up on the exchanges still had, in July, delays based on questions about citizenship and immigration status. Those consumers have until Sept. 5 to upload their documents to HealthCare.gov or mail them in. These are probably not huge numbers, given that about 8 million people signed up for… Continue reading →

Our Views: Strong core in BESE vote

By a 3-6 vote, the state’s top school board has rejected a disruptive proposal to abandon Common Core tests for the school year now underway. It is the right call by the majority. We commend them for refusing to buckle to pressure from Gov. Bobby Jindal. An unusual alliance, to say the least, has sprung up among teacher unions and Jindal over the issue of Common Core. The minority consists of two… Continue reading →

Our Views: Solid facts in dispute

Medicaid is complex, because private insurers paid by the program provide health coverage for more than 890,000 people in Louisiana. Yet the gap in understanding between the state agency overseeing Medicaid and the Legislative Auditor’s Office is worrisome, because the Legislature and the public need a solid assessment of significant changes made under Gov. Bobby Jindal. A report from the legislative auditor said the Jindal administration’s positive report — is there any other kind from state… Continue reading →