August 19,2014 — One of the hot topics in Louisiana politics is the discussion about Common Core. The program is a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
The one issue that has people weary about the program is the federalization of curriculum. Two of the biggest voices in the Louisiana Common Core debate are Governor Bobby Jindal, who was once supportive of the program but has since changed his opinion, and U.S. Senator David Vitter who says despite what may have been a misunderstanding.
Senator Vitter says he is a strong supporter of the Common Core and it's goals. Senator Vitter explains getting control of the standards of curriculum is as important as ever for Louisiana students.
" What I laid out a couple of weeks ago is pretty simple. When I look at the standards we have adopted as a state, when you actually read this standards word for word as I have done, I think they are good strong workable standards." said Senator Vitter.
"Where we clearly need to do a whole lot more work is aggressively getting control of curriculum, reading lists, text books, work books. Those are up to local systems and locals schools and we need to retain that local control. We need to make sure those local leaders with the help of the state make the right decisions about curriculum, reading lists, text books, and work books."
With Senator David Vitter announcing his candidacy for governor in the 2015 race he said his major focuses outside of education would be skills and work force training in high growth areas, pro-growth state tax reform to promote economic activity, and dramatically improving the litigation environment that he says is a real turn off to new and existing businesses alike.