Louisiana’s long road to education reform has been littered with repeals, phase-outs, incomplete implementations and the worst kind of politics. It should serve as a cautionary tale of what could go wrong during — and after — the 2012 regular session.
Superintendents and principals should have greater latitude over personnel decisions and instructional material, according to lawmakers and activists who support Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education agenda.
Should Louisiana primarily export or import the vast natural gas supplies that have been harvested in just the past few years? This question was explored at the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) annual meeting held in New Orleans last week.
Tenure reform should be linked to a new teacher evaluation system set to go into effect later this year that makes use of student test scores, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal and top figures in education and business who back his reform package.
In his 2012 State of the Union address President Obama defends his personal convictions regarding the role of the government by twisting Lincoln’s own words on this matter. Lincoln did not say, “government should do for the people only what they cannot do better for themselves.” Rather, he said “in all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, the government ought not to interfere.”
THE PELICAN INSTITUTE is offering up this five-point guide to understanding the Unfunded Accrued Liability, from how it originated and what kind of impact it’s having to national trends and possible solutions.
Lakefront Arena at the University of New Orleans will be at the focal point of national attention this coming Saturday as it plays host to an event that marks the beginning of National School Choice Week.
Instead of bowing down to green pressure groups that greatly overstate the environmental risks attached to natural gas production, policymakers in the northeast should look toward Louisiana as a model for economic renewal, industry and government officials recommend.
Medicaid costs continued to rise in 2011, consuming a greater percentage of overall state spending. This was a result of federal stimulus money, heightened health care expenses and increased enrollment.
If you peel back the layers of Louisiana’s tax structure, you’re likely to find confusion, outrage and, more importantly, room for improvement. (Plus, you may discover the reasons why we’re suffering another midyear budget shortfall.)