State of Louisiana Archives: on Education


Jay Dardenne: Common Core's high standards move LA in the right direction

We need to build on the compromise reached by the Legislature this session to keep the current Common Core standards in place while the BESE works with parents, teachers, and administrators to develop even stronger Louisiana-based standards. The current high standards have started to move Louisiana schools in the right direction, and it is important that we keep that momentum going.

Implementing higher standards won't change our schools overnight. We need to give teachers and administrators the necessary time to implement these standards.

In the long-term, our education system will dictate the strength of our economy. High standards that allow our children to compete with students across the country and the world will ensure we have the competitive workforce necessary for continuing to grow our economy. It also ensures that our kids are prepared to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor's campaign website JayDardenne.com Sep 9, 2015

David Vitter: Get Louisiana out of Common Core

David believes that dramatically improving K-12 education is our single biggest challenge long-term. He'll get Louisiana out of Common Core and instead establish Louisiana standards, testing, and accountability that are as or more rigorous. And he'll work to boost reading skills in the early grades, empower parents and school-based leaders, and emphasize skills training opportunities in high school.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com Aug 11, 2015

John Bel Edwards: Replace Common Core with more K-12 school funding

On the controversial topic of Common Core Standards, Edwards said, "I oppose Common Core standards in their current form for many reasons, but chiefly because they promote an over-reliance on testing to inform all aspects of teaching and learning, which misinforms parents about the quality of public schools in our state."

Edwards highlighted that he has "never flip-flopped on this issue," citing his vote against Common Core in the last legislative session.

On school letter grades, Edwards concluded, "A bad school letter grade is much more likely to indicate the level of poverty than the quality of teaching. A recent study of sixteen states that use school letter grades stated what we have always known: they are invalid and misinform parents."

Edwards pointed to his leadership on increases to K-12 spending at the state level, saying, "I am responsible for the only increases in K-12 funding in the last seven years. $140 million worth. Bobby Jindal didn't ask for it. I did it anyway.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JohnBelForLouisiana.com Aug 11, 2015

David Vitter: No federal incentives to get states to adopt Common Core

Vitter won congressional budget passage of measures to bar the federal government from coercing or incentivizing states to adopt Common Core, or provide subsidies for House and Senate members' health insurance, though the budget's provisions don't have the effect of law.
Source: Times-Picayune coverage of 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial race May 29, 2015

Garret Graves: Oppose nationwide standards like Common Core

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

GRAVES: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Ralph Abraham: Oppose nationwide standards like Common Core

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

ABRAHAM: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Bobby Jindal: $141M more to train students for the jobs of the future

We have tens of thousands of jobs in the pipeline that must be filled, and our next challenge is to ensure we have the skilled workforce to fill these jobs of the future. Economists have recently said they have never seen an industrial expansion like the one under way in Louisiana, but have also warned that we must do a better job training skilled workers that will be needed to fill the demand for jobs at the major industrial and high tech projects coming to Louisiana.

That's why our top priority this legislative session must be making sure we have the resources to prepare our students and train them for the jobs of the future.

In order to help meet this goal, our budget for next year will increase total higher education funding by over $141 million. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to the Louisiana legislature Mar 10, 2014

Jeff Landry: Empower parents with home school, charters, & church schools

We need to ensure educational decisions are made by parents not bureaucrats. We need to adopt policies that empower parents to make decisions about their own child's education--including home school, charter schools, church-based schools and other alternatives. This allows parents to determine the best course of action in raising our state and nation's children up to be responsible adults. We need to make sure the school system's priority is quality students, not unions or bureaucracies.
Source: 2010 House campaign website landryforlouisiana.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

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