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A REAL Louisiana Plan

Earlier this week, four BESE members and 28 state legislations penned the following letter to the citizens of Louisiana: “The past few days have seen some very encouraging developments concerning public education in Louisiana, and we are optimistic that more important work can and will be accomplished over the next few months for the best […]

Respect the game and its fans

Whether or not your favorite school is gearing up for a playoff run, in the heart of their bracket or has already hung up the sneakers for the season, playoff basketball has descended upon Jeff Davis Parish and fans are turning out in droves to support their team. While there is nothing wrong with being […]

Jindal spends $1.5M from campaign, though no La. race to run

Gov. Bobby Jindal spent nearly $1.5 million from his state campaign account over the last year, though he isn’t up for re-election and doesn’t plan to run for any other Louisiana office. A finance report filed this week by the Republican governor’s campaign lists 200 pages of expenses throughout 2014, spending that could help the […]

Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s orders that could […]

New computerized tests debut this week

The State of Ohio will be the first to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the school year, about 12 million children in 29 states and the District of Columbia will take them, […]

Midyear budget cuts disproportionately hit elected officials

In the latest round of midyear budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a deeper carving knife to the spending of his fellow statewide elected officials than to most agencies under his control, including his own office. The governor’s office will come through the $61 million in slashing largely unscathed, taking a reduction of $10,000 […]

Student testing takes too much time away from classroom instruction

The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) recently polled teachers in order to gain clarity surrounding their positions on two hot-button issues: state testing and performance evaluations. The association released the results of the survey Monday, offering two major conclusions: Louisiana teachers are not happy with the amount of time required to prepare students for standardized […]

Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments

A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma. Thursday’s decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears the blame for troubles surrounding a law that […]

Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing education law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House Democrats crowded into a small Capitol Hill hearing room Thursday for their own forum on changing the law in protest […]

ATC announces annual Mardi Gras Crackdown

Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) agents will be out and about this Mardi Gras season, so area businesses that serve tobacco and alcohol to minors should consider themselves warned. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert has ordered agents to hit the streets throughout this Mardi Gras season to ensure that alcohol, tobacco, and alternative nicotine […]

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