How much does a having a popular family name matter in politics? At least three dozen members of Congress have had family members who’ve held office before them. And as numerous incumbents see their political futures in jeopardy, NewsHour’s Jeff Greenfield explores whether the family business of American politics — especially in key battleground states — helps candidates today. Continue reading
A deadly ameoba known to fatally infect human brains has been discovered within a water system in Louisiana. Continue reading
A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to suspend the state’s contract to use Common Core-aligned tests in public schools next spring.
Louisiana courts could decide whether the state’s schools use the Common Core standards to guide teaching in their classrooms. Continue reading
This May, Colorado’s governor signed the nation’s first “right to try” bill, which allows terminally ill patients to try unapproved — and potentially dangerous — drugs outside of clinical trials and without approval from federal regulators. Continue reading
- As political leaders fight over Common Core, almost half of adults don’t know what they’re arguing about
The Common Core standards for math and English have been roiling state politics across the country this spring, especially in states led by Republicans. But a poll out this week estimates 47 percent of the country’s adults still haven’t heard of the Common Core standards.
Just a few years ago, the push to create a set of K-12 educational standards enjoyed bipartisan support. Governors across the country got behind the Common Core, including Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose state ranks near the bottom for high school achievement. Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Shauna Sanford reports on a growing battle in that state over the standards. Continue reading
The implementation of Common Core State Standards has caused controversy in Louisiana, with parents and educators lining up to support keeping or repealing the education standards. Some parents have such strong objections they’ve withdrawn their children from public school in favor of homeschooling. Continue reading