OPELOUSAS, La. — State Sen. Elbert Guillory is being referred to as a breath of fresh air for Louisiana, and his position on Common Core is just one reason why.
Several months ago, before Gov. Jindal began to openly oppose Common Core, Sen. Guillory, representing Louisiana District 24, released a short video explaining why he opposes the Common Core State Standards initiative.
Not only did Guillory hit the nail on the head with regard to Common Core, he also gave Louisianians an exhilarating and much needed reminder of what a people-serving politician should look like.
In the video, Guillory refers to Common Core as “minimal education standards not high enough to prepare Louisiana students for the intellectual, professional, and leadership demands of the modern world.”
Guillory goes on to say that “the most important elements in a child’s education are parental involvement and less government intrusion.”
According to the Senator, because his office was “bombarded” for several months with complaints about Common Core, they decided to participate in a poll, the result of which showed that, in his district, almost 70% of citizens oppose Common Core but would support Louisiana standards.
Sen. Guillory then says something rarely heard from the mouths of politicians today: “It is my duty to listen and my obligation to respond to the concerns of the citizens I represent.”
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Guillory, who took office as a Democrat in 2009, left the party last year to become the first black Republican senator in the State of Louisiana since Reconstruction.
Referring to himself as a “Frederick Douglass Republican,” Guillory says Democrats have “created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people.”
In a video explaining why he decided to switch parties, Guillory reminds us that it was the Republican Party that was founded as an abolitionist movement to eradicate slavery while the Democrats were the “party of Jim Crowe,” defending the rights of slave owners.
Guillory was recently selected to serve as honorary chair of the Free at Last PAC, an organization formed to support the efforts of Black Republicans who run for federal office and to educate the black community “about the values of the Republican Party.”
With regard to Common Core, Sen. Guillory, who intends to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2015, recommends transferring the research and energy invested into the initiative to “create a higher education initiative that is Louisiana based, Louisiana deployed, and Louisiana controlled.”
Gov. Jindal is currently being sued by the Louisiana BESE board over his attempts to rid the state of Common Core.