Friday, December 9, 2016

Louisiana

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Louisiana

Trump was the only on of the “four” presidential candidates to visit the state of Louisiana after disastrous flooding and the media attacked him for it.

Donald Trump took a tractor-trailer full of supplies and headed down to Louisiana to let the people of Baton Rouge know that he cared. Liberals didn’t take it that way.

The governor said it was a photo-op and liberals on social media attacked Trump for going to the area when the governor asked the president to not visit for a week.

The attacks were relentless, but the fact is, Donald was the only one to show up. Hillary Clinton took off four days, Obama was on vacation and Gary Johnson and Jill Stein were nowhere to be found.

At the end of the day, Trump’s visit did help and people who are actually in Louisiana, democrats and republicans are now praising him.

Even the democrat governor has had a change of heart.

Not only did Donald bring supplies and donate $100,000 to a local church, he has also “shamed” president Obama into taking a trip south tomorrow.

Trump has made a conscious decision to really look and act more presidential lately and he is pulling it off, and the people of Louisiana thank him!

Hopefully he can just keep from saying something stupid for the next couple of months.

What do you think about Donald Trump’s visit to Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below.

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jindal-betrayed

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is under attack–from his own Republican Lieutenant Governor, Jay Dardenne.

Dardenne, who is running for Governor to replace Jindal in 2016, has issued a letter calling on Jindal to pay back the state for state police travel expenses, claiming that these expenses were for the benefit of Jindal’s presidential campaign, not the state of Louisiana.

$2.2 million has been spent in the last twelve months on out-of-state police travel expenses. Dardenne has attempted to figure out how much of that has been accrued since Jindal declared his candidacy.

“Despite repeated requests, my office has not been able to obtain any updated numbers from [Louisiana State Police] on those costs since March,” Dardenne wrote in a letter to his boss.

Regardless, Dardenne alleges that Jindal has used those expenses predominantly for his campaign–and tells him that to pay up.

“Louisiana taxpayers should not pay any part of the costs of your travel while you campaign for President,” Dardenne scolded. Including “the cost of your protective services detail provided by Louisiana State Police.”

Jindal, once touted as an up-and-coming Republican Governor with national ambitions–even giving the party’s official 2009 State of the Union Rebuttal–has seen his star fall in recent years.

Deeply unpopular in his home state of Louisiana–where he’s lost the support not just of Democrats, but Republicans and friendly media outlets that previously endorsed him for Governor.

But Jindal’s spokesman, Mike Reed, swatted away the criticism, claiming that Dardenne is just playing politics–trying to curry favor with an electorate that has soured on the incumbent Republican Governor.

“Candidates for governor should not make the safety of the governor and his family a political issue,” Reed said. “We appreciate the work that State Police does for the governor and his family every day and we’re grateful for their service. We leave all security determinations up to the State Police and we trust them to do their job.”

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Battle of the Bayou

In Louisiana, the state’s teachers union, Louisiana Educators Association, is suing the state to shut down funding for 33 privately run charter schools that serve over 13,000 students.

The schools, run by a boards of director, not school boards, apply performance-based criteria to teachers and evaluate performance regularly.

Charter Schools are known to fire teachers who fail to perform to standards. One such school in Massachusetts fired 43 teachers at the end of one school year.

Actionable performance metrics do not mix well with teachers unions nationwide who look to lock in tenure, high salaries and extraordinary benefits for public employees who teach.

The preferred employment securities of unions lead to nearly guaranteed employment for teachers regardless of performance or even outrageous actions.

In 2010, an educator in New Jersey was caught on hidden camera admitting, “It’s really hard to fire a tenured teacher . . . It’s really hard — like you seriously have to be in the hallway [blank-ing] somebody.”

The teacher of the candid statement was suspended for nine days.

In the event that funding is pulled for charter schools in the state, the public teachers benefit by larger school budgets and a lack of competition in the education arena.

While public teachers and their union are optimistic about piling on to their job security, parents of students are outraged.

Jennette Franklin and Christin Kaiser, both mothers of charter school students took the step of petitioning the court to allow them to join the lawsuit to represent the interests of their children.

In response to the legal filing, both the Louisiana Educators Association and the Iberville School District argued against the parents’ petition saying parents should not “be allowed to be heard as a party” in the case.

At stake in the legal battle is $3.8 million that is scheduled to be sent to the charter schools from state funds.

The school district’s and union’s objection to parents and taxpayers join the suit that is directly related to the allocation of $3.8 million in tax dollars was met with fury from charter school parents.

Parent Christin Kaiser stated, “The union and Iberville district wants to deny parents a voice in the fight for their children’s schools…the same parents who’s tax dollars fund these schools and the union members’ salaries. The fact that they’re trying to shut the school down was a shock to me. Now, the fact that they don’t even want us to have a say in the matter makes it even worse.”

In the event the district and union wins the legal battle, 13,000 children may be faced with enrolling in the Louisiana public school system which was ranked as the 49th worst state for public education by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.

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