HH: I begin today’s program with the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show. It’s great to speak with you.
BJ: Hugh, it’s always great to be on your show. It’s always a privilege to be with you. Thank you for having me back.
HH: You know, I missed you at the Western States Conservative Summit. I had spent the week teaching a couple, 120 young conservatives, and they were all ecstatic about your address there. But the issue that dominated the summit in the hallway was the Common Core. And I’ve been telling everyone not to underestimate the power of this issue in the 2014-2016 cycle. And today, you actually took major action on this.
BJ: You’re exactly right. Well, absolutely, Hugh. We actually went to federal court today to try to stop Common Core. I couldn’t agree with you more. First of all, it was exciting to see all those conservatives. That summit has gotten bigger and bigger every year. I agree with you. The more that parents learn about Common Core, the more the teachers learn about Common Core, the more they dislike it. In my state, a majority of teachers oppose it, according to even the teacher unions, and we’re seeing across the country, where you’re seeing survey after survey, show that the more people learn about this, the less they like it. Our lawsuit today against Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education says that the federal Department of Education is violating the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, and violating existing federal laws by trying to force a federal common curriculum through Common Core onto the states. And they’ve done that through funding and threats of funding, and threats of cuts. They are not allowed. We have never given the federal government in this country the power to make local curriculum decisions. That’s exactly what they’re trying to do with Common Core. Continue Reading