Stand for Children

Eight of the eleven Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seats are up for election on October 24th. (The other three are appointed by Louisiana’s governor.) And while board members don’t get paid a penny for their service, big bucks are being invested in the race.

Jim talks with former Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon, who lost a challenge for David Vitter's U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Melancon discusses the federal government shutdown, the debt ceiling crisis and partisan gridlock in Washington DC

Jim discusses the virtues and flaws of the new Common Core State Standard learning benchmarks for kids in public schools with representatives of Stand For Children Louisiana.