This week, Governor Jindal wrote that he opposes Common Core because he doesn’t want local control of education to be taken away from parents and teachers by federal bureaucrats. The Governor gave a well-received address to the Western Conservative Summit where he told attendees what he fears most about President Obama’s record is his push to redefine the American dream.
Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:
Governor Jindal Wrote Of His Opposition To Common Core, “We Have Fought Too Hard To Sit Idly By And Allow Educational Choice And Local Control Of Curriculum To Be Taken Away From Parents And Educators.” [W]hen parents and teachers began to speak up in opposition to the one-size-fits-all nature of the Common Core standards and the tests that came with it, we listened. Much of the education community is increasingly concerned that the Common Core mandates will mean local school districts have less control over curriculum. Many have described a rushed process where the education bureaucrats and the folks in Washington D.C. did an end run around parents and educators to implement these standards without proper input. … The simple fact is that proponents of Common Core weren’t upfront about the level of federal government control involved once states accepted the one-size-fits all standards. We shouldn’t let a national consortium of federal bureaucrats dictate how Louisiana educates its children. We have fought too hard to sit idly by and allow educational choice and local control of curriculum to be taken away from parents and educators. Our children’s future is too important to get this wrong.
A Survey Was Released Showing Louisiana Residents Are Some Of The Happiest In The Country. People living in Louisiana are very happy! … ”Because we have so much to do down here,” one local told WWL First News. ”You have so much entertainment, hospitality.” Other pointed to the amazing closeness of families and friends in Louisiana, without the rat race of some other places. “Life isn’t as hectic,” one man said. ”It’s casual, laid back. I like it… it seems every time new people come, the want to stay.” We found one woman who proved his point. “I’m from Michigan. I came to visit and never left,” she explained. ”I love it here.” Others pointed to how friendly people are in Louisiana and all of the celebrations. “There’s so much going on,” one woman said. … The top five happiest cities are all in Louisiana … Of the top 60 cities with the happiest people, eight are in Louisiana.
Governor Jindal Addressed The Western Conservative Summit, Telling Attendees He Fears President Obama Is Redefining And Abandoning The American Dream. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal kicked off the Western Conservative Summit by telling the crowd that what fears most about President Obama is his push to redefine the American dream. “If you listen to this president’s policies, if you listen to his rhetoric, you hear a president trying to divide us by class, by geography, by gender, by race,” said Mr. Jindal. “You hear a president talking to us about how government needs to get bigger and more intrusive and more powerful.” … Mr. Jindal said the president’s message is far different from the one taught by his parents, who emigrated from India to Louisiana shortly before he was born. “I don’t know about you, but the American dream I learned about from my parents was never about ending,” said Mr. Jindal. “It was never about class warfare. The American dream I learned about was an America whose best days were always ahead of us.”
Louisiana Lawmakers Filed Suit To Seek An Immediate Suspension Of Common Core In Louisiana. Lawmakers in Louisiana filed a lawsuit Monday in Baton Rouge district court that seeks an immediate suspension of the Common Core standards in the state’s schools. According to the Associated Press, the 17 legislators … argue in the suit that state education leaders failed to properly enact the controversial standards … In June, Jindal issued executive orders to remove his state from the controversial Common Core standards and the assessments tied to them. He based this move on the argument that the decision by the Louisiana Department of Education to sign onto the PARCC Common Core test consortium was unlawful because it bypassed the state’s procurement law which requires an open bidding process.
Governor Jindal Announced An Illinois Based Chemical Company Is Considering A $70 Million Investment In Louisiana That Would Create A Total Of Over 130 New Jobs. An Illinois-based chemical company announced with Gov. Bobby Jindal Friday its interest in building a manufacturing site in Ascension Parish that could mean 33 new jobs in the Baton Rouge area. The potential investment from Stepan Company — which makes chemicals used in a cleaning products, insulation, adhesives and other industries — would bring $60-$70 million to the Greater Baton Rouge Area. According to a press releases sent by Jindal’s office, the move would also create 98 indirect jobs, for a total of 131 jobs. The direct jobs would carry an annual average salary of $70,000. … “Increasingly, the world’s leading businesses — from energy companies to advanced manufacturers and technology innovators — are choosing Louisiana and recognizing our state as the new frontier for business opportunity,” Jindal said.
Governor Jindal’s Plan To Turn Government-Run Hospitals Into Public-Private Partnerships Is Causing Health Services To Expand And Care To Improve At Local Hospitals. Shreveport-based Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana took over Conway and University Health Shreveport hospitals in October. The private takeover of LSU hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport by BRF was a result of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s mandate that the state divest itself of public hospitals. [Larry] Donner sees opportunities to do more for the people Conway serves by adding more services and bringing in the best medical staff. … [T]he private partnership allows more services to return. Since the transition Conway has added another OBGYN physician, a cardiologist, an orthopedic surgeon, and peripheral vascular services. Construction is expected to begin soon for the new Cardiac Catheterization lab that should open in November. Discussions are ongoing with additional cardiologists and another vascular surgeon. “That cath lab will provide a tremendous service to the community. Many of our patients who come to us with certain heart problems have to go to Shreveport but with the cath lab we’ll be able to meet more of those needs,” Donner said.
Governor Jindal Pledged Support For Rob Astorino In His Race Against Governor Cuomo In New York. Officials close to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would appear later this year in New York to campaign for Mr. Astorino. … ”Rob Astorino is a conservative reformer with a history of working with both sides of the aisle to get big things done,” Mr. Jindal said in a statement. “He would make a great governor for New York, and we are proud to support him in his effort to replace Governor Cuomo.”
Governor Jindal Criticized Secretary John Kerry For Not Being Proud To Say America Is An Exceptional Country. ‘This guy is America’s chief diplomat?’ Bobby Jindal blasts John Kerry for what makes him ‘uptight’
A Report Revealed Louisiana Led All States In Value Of Industrial Construction Projects And Ranked Second Overall For Commercial Construction In 2013. Louisiana led all U.S. states in the value of industrial construction projects during 2013 and was ranked second overall for all commercial construction, according to a new report released Tuesday. Nearly $4.9 billion in direct industrial construction spending happened in Louisiana last year, well ahead of Iowa, which was second with just over $2 billion in industrial construction projects, according to the study released by the NAIOP Research Foundation. NAIOP is the national commercial real estate development association. All that industrial construction powered Louisiana to more than $5.5 billion in overall commercial construction projects.
The Jindal Administration Unveiled A New Website To Match Workers To The New High-Skill Jobs That Are Available In The State Because Of The Economic Boom Taking Place. If dating services can match single people based on compatibility, why can’t a jobs service match employers and potential employees the same way? It can, say the designers of a new Louisiana Economic Development website. Louisiana Job Connection launched last month. It is designed to streamline the recruiting and job seeking processes by connecting companies with the people best suited to fill their open jobs. “We think it’s going to be a game changer,” said Kristi Williams, who serves as executive director of Louisiana Job Connection for LED. “We have such a huge demand with the economic boom happening in Louisiana. People need specific skills.” … LED officials hope it will help fill the in-demand, skilled jobs flooding into Louisiana, as well as bring talented people who have left the state back home. “As our economy grows and diversifies, employers need to be able to quickly identify and recruit the right talent,” said LED Secretary Stephen Moret. “LED FastStart’s experience working with leading companies in a wide range of industries informed the functionality and design of Louisiana Job Connection, and we believe that it can be an asset for every company doing business in Louisiana.”
Louisiana Higher Education Institutions Are Partnering With The Oil And Gas Industry To Ensure Students Are Prepared For The Influx Of Energy Jobs Coming To Louisiana. Oil and gas officials and several of Louisiana’s four-year and community-college leaders said they will work together to ensure students are prepared to take advantage of huge growth in deepwater ventures. … Those job openings are expected to total between 30,000 and 40,000 over the 10-year period, and the number of offshore platforms is projected to grow to 70. Earl Meador, chancellor at Fletcher Technical Community College, said two-year degrees for students trained for offshore work will enable those graduates to step into jobs paying $60,000 per year. … “Today, it’s very high-tech.” … “This partnership is a prime example of how Louisiana higher education is coming together with business and industry to meet workforce needs,” said University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley.