Lawmakers, Capitol watchers and legislative staffers all agree Common Core will be the dominant legislative issue this year. Around 25 bills related to the tougher math and language arts standards have already been filed, with more likely to come.

There is a substantial difference between declining to provide services and going out of your way to make miserable the lives of individuals who hold differing moral views. My concern is not simply that we don’t recognize this difference but that we believe it is an appropriate function of government to compel individuals to associate in this way.

“My big worry is that we’re not going support (teachers) and then we’re going to say, ‘See, the Common Core doesn’t work,” said UCLA education professor Megan Franke, who focuses on mathematics education.

Orleans Parish Prison remains dangerously understaffed, and Sheriff Marlin Gusman will need at least $10 million added to his budget this year if he hopes to satisfy the terms of a court-ordered overhaul of the jail, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and a group of inmates said in court filings.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...