Common Core en Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement <p>Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.</p><p>Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:55:08 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29885 at WEDNESDAY: Columnist Quin Hillyer & LA Budget Project Jan Moller; Casey Phillips of BR Walls Project <p>Columnist for <em>The Advocate</em> Quin Hillyer and Director for the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller&nbsp;join Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss recent updates concerning Common Core, and much, much more.</p><p>Also, Executive Director of BR Walls Project Casey Phillips talks with Jim about the projects and murals his non-profit has set up around the city.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:13:21 +0000 Jim Engster 29472 at Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns <em>Disclosure: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a financial supporter of NPR&#8217;s education reporting.</em><p class="sep"><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation</a> is perhaps best known for funding global health programs, but in the U.S., it has focused largely on education.<p>The foundation has strongly backed the national education guidelines known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Common Core</a>. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:09:08 +0000 editor 29463 at Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans <p>Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<br /><br />And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &nbsp;<br /><br />Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28608 at WEDNESDAY: La. Fed. Teachers Pres Steve Monaghan; Albert Samuels; Dan Ireland; Rabbi Barry Weinstein <p>Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, talks with Jim about Common Core and he lays out his opinions of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent actions against it. Also, Southern University Professor Albert Samuels calls in to discuss Common Core with Jim and Steve as well.</p><p>Dan Ireland with the Louisiana International Film Festival talks with Jim about the LIFFilmfest&nbsp;and the upcoming showing of <em>Begin Again</em> tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at Perkins Rowe.</p><p>Also, Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks with Jim to end out the last segment of today's show.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:09:41 +0000 Jim Engster 28510 at The Politics Of The Common Core Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the <a href="">Common Core State Standards</a>, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.<p>"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:03 +0000 Juana Summers 28474 at The Politics Of The Common Core THURSDAY: Political Consultants Trey Ourso & Scott Wilfong; Novelist Alan Furst "Midnight in Europe" <p>Former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Trey Ourso and GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong discuss and debate Jindal's recent executive orders to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests. And, the phone lines light up.</p><p>Novelist Alan Furst&nbsp;joins the show for last segment to discuss his latest novel <em>Midnight in Europe</em>. The novel, which has received&nbsp;praise from authors like Erik Larson (<em>Devil in the White City</em>), is a suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:11:02 +0000 Jim Engster 28228 at Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Bobby </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:03:05 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 28195 at Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core Gates To States: No Stakes Yet For Core Tests Politicians, parents and plenty of anxious teachers have long called for a free pass on next year's tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.<p>It's not that they want out of them entirely (though some do). Most simply want to be sure teachers and students aren't judged on scores from this first generation of Core tests. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:17:50 +0000 Cory Turner 27848 at Gates To States: No Stakes Yet For Core Tests Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.<p>For one, the standards are higher than many of the state standards they're replacing. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:01:36 +0000 Cory Turner 27535 at Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall